Roles of state & chancellor must be limited for varsities to prosper: Bengal Governor

"The situation of education here is of great concern. The roles of Chancellor (that is the Governor) or the State government in their functioning must be kept limited," said Dhankhar.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Friday expressed serious concerns about the present education scenario in West Bengal and reiterated that neither the state government nor the University Chancellor should overcontrol the functioning of universities.

The West Bengal Governor was speaking to a select group of media at his residence, here on Friday.

“The situation of education here is of great concern. The roles of Chancellor (that is the Governor) or the State government in their functioning must be kept limited,” said Dhankhar.

During a visit to Jadavpur University last month, Babul Supriyo, MoS of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, was roughed up by a section of students. He was visiting the university to address volunteers of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Since then, a Twitter war of words broke out between the Governor’s Office and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee.

The Governor hailed the rich culture and history of Bengal and said that there is no match to the state’s highly learned and eminent scholars, including Nobel Laureates, that the country has seen.

“There are numerous institutions here, that are centuries old. Only when there is minimum interference ( by government or Chancellor) in their functioning, can universities grow and prosper, ” he said.

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