| Bratya Basu lights the inaugural lamp as (from left) Punjab Technical University general manager Gautam Banerjee, Pailan Group chairman Apurba Saha and Saraswati Online chief executive officer Partha Sarathi Ganguli look on. (Anindya Shankar Ray)
For all those in two minds over what career to pursue or which institute to apply to, Anandabazar Patrika Eduquest 2012 offers the perfect solution.
The fourth edition of eastern Indias largest education fair was inaugurated by education minister Bratya Basu at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
The three-day fair, which will remain open from 11am to 8pm, boasts more than 170 stalls.
I am sure this education fair will prove to be fruitful and rewarding for both students and guardians. This is a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences among the participants and students, Basu said.
The minister stressed that the state was eager to welcome private universities as long as land acquisition norms were not violated.
Time has come to encourage private entrepreneurs in the field of education. Compared with other states, we have an intellectual tradition, so we need to make education a priority in the state, he said.
The institutes and consultancy firms taking part in the fair have lined up seminars, interactive sessions and discussions on graduate, postgraduate and vocational courses offered across the country.
Prominent among the participants are Punjab Technical University, Pailan Group, IIPM, Globsyn, International Institute of Hotel Management, BIGAIMS, Brainware, Manipal University, NSHM Knowledge Campus and Amity University.
Students flocked to the fair from Day I to explore a wide range of courses, including animation, computer application, engineering, hospitality, tourism, law, management, aviation and media.
Such exhibitions give us an opportunity to compare colleges and their offers under one roof, said Rohit Kumar Sharma, an aspiring mechanical engineer.
The most important thing to keep in mind these days while choosing a college is how good its placements are, said mother Bulbul Sharma.
Adding a dash of stardom to the fair were Anil Kumble and Boman Irani, who shared their success stories with youngsters.