West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu addressed concerns raised by teachers and students regarding the delay in the proposed launch of the four-year UG course at the undergraduate level in state-run and aided higher educational institutions.
During a conversation with reporters at an event on Friday, May 27, 2023, Basu stated that the government will make a final decision on the matter next week.
When questioned about the introduction of four-year UG courses in state-run and aided higher educational institutions, he informed the reporters that he would meet with the Chief Minister for detailed discussions on the issue, following which an official notice would be issued.
In the meantime, several college authorities and teacher associations have expressed apprehension over the delay in receiving an official notice regarding the extension of the honours study period in the state from three to four years.
Siuli Sarkar, the Principal of government-run Lady Brabourne College, stated to the media that they had actively participated in various workshops on the New Education Policy until mid-May.
Additionally, they submitted their opinions to the advisory board of the higher education department. However, they are yet to receive any communication on the matter.
Sarkar emphasised that they would introduce the four-year UG course if instructed to do so, but there has been no notification from the government thus far.
Subhoday Dasgupta, the President of the West Bengal College and University Teachers Association, informed the media that it remains uncertain when the notice concerning the UG honours course will reach the higher educational institutions.
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