Sonowal for speedy development of BU
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 3: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal today chaired a meeting to review the status of Bodoland University (BU) and Bineswar Brahma Engineering College, Kokrajhar at the conference hall of Brahmaputra State Guest House.
The Chief Minister took stock of the present developmental activities going on at both Bodoland University and Bineswar Brahma Engineering College and discussed various plans for making both institutions top educatiol centres in the State.
The Chief Minister was apprised of various problems faced by both the institutions and he stated that steps would be taken to solve the problems at an early date. Observing that out of 139 posts at Bodoland University, 55 posts would be appointed now to meet the requirement of UGC 12 (B) which would facilitate speedy growth of the University. The rest 84 posts of non-teaching staff would also be filled up soon so that functioning of the varsity does not have to suffer, Sonowal said.
On being apprised of the issue of extending the retirement age of Registrar and equivalent posts till 62 years as the vice chancellor and professor’s retirement age is fixed at 70 and 65 years respectively by the State Education Department, the Chief Minister said that steps would be taken in this regard to extend the retirement age as per UGC guidelines.
Saying that the high enrolment of 1,500 students in the varsity shows the demand of the institution as a centre of higher education in BTAD area, Sonowal directed the university representatives to consult an architect to derive maximum benefit out of the 365 bighas of land allotted to the varsity by fully utilizing all areas of the landscape. “We must build it as a premier institute of higher education of the state and for that all concerned must work with a proper plan and architectural design.” Sonowal said.
Similarly Chief Minister also took stock of the progress of Bineswear Brahma Engineering College at Kokrajhar and instructed the College representatives to start two new streams of Civil Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering in addition to the two streams currently being imparted at the college. He also assured of taking all steps to improve the College so that technical education needs can be fulfilled at the BTAD area.
Chief Executive Member, BTC Hagrama Mohilary, MLA Sidli Chandan Brahma, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Principal Secretary Education Pawan Barthakur were present at the meeting, among others.