Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on July 10, 2023, that seven prominent colleges in the state will be elevated to the status of universities, implementing the latest pedagogical methods outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP).
This transformative initiative will result in the establishment of ten new universities in Assam, which has been an ongoing process since 2021.
Sarma shared his plans on Twitter, expressing the desire to develop Assam into an educational hub for Eastern India. He also mentioned meeting with the principals of these colleges.
In his pursuit of advancing the higher education sector, Sarma revealed that the seven colleges in different districts across Assam will be upgraded to universities.
These colleges include Sibsagar College (Autonomous) in Sivasagar, Gurucharan College in Silchar, Jagannath Barooah College (Autonomous) in Jorhat, Kokrajhar Government College in Kokrajhar, North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous) in Lakhimpur, Nowgong College (Autonomous) in Nagaon, and Bongaigaon College in Bongaigaon.
The CM said that the new state universities will adopt the latest pedagogy per the NEP 2020, adding, "These universities will witness improved infrastructure, increased student enrollment, and a multidisciplinary approach."
Sarma emphasised the importance of enhanced collaboration in research and academia, expanded postgraduate opportunities, and improved coordination between undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Furthermore, faculty members will be optimally utilised to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, benefiting the students.