Promise of four private varsities

Barasat: Four new private universities are to come up in Bengal soon, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Saturday.

"We will place bills for four new private institutions in the next session of the Assembly," the education minister said.

He made the announcement while inaugurating an international seminar on "Current Trends in Higher Education", organised by Adamas University, a private institute run by the RICE Group.

"The demand for higher education is increasing in Bengal every year. We need more institutes of higher education in the state. There is a need to set up more private universities to solve the seat scarcity," minister Chatterjee said.

Bengal currently has eight private universities.

Chatterjee urged institutes to strictly follow the guidelines of the UGC while recruiting teachers. "A private university might fail to maintain high standards if it does not follow UGC guidelines," he said.


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