Mamata Banerjee conferring Calcutta University's honourary D.Litt. to Gopal Krishna Gandhi who was Bengal's Governor in the run-up to Trinamool coming to power in 2011.
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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that since coming to power in 2011, her government has “reduced 40 per cent unemployment” in the state through various measures.

Banerjee has also announced extending the service tenure of teachers and vice-chancellors of Bengal government universities and colleges with retrospective effect from 1 January.

“I am directing the education minister that we will take the decision of extending the service tenure of the professors from 62 years to 65 years. In case of the vice-chancellors the tenure will now be 70 instead of 65 years,” the Chief Minister said at the convocation of Calcutta University held at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata today.

She said that this is being done as in that age group the teachers and VCs can contribute more due to their maturity and experience.

“True that on turning 18-19 years of age, boys and girls of today tend to be much more mature than what used to be in the yesteryear. The kind of infrastructure and exposure they get now were not available earlier. At the same time, I don’t think that on turning 60 a person becomes obsolete,” Banerjee said.

In the same breath, the Chief Minister claimed that due to the increase of service tenures of college and university teachers, the youths will not be deprived.

“There will be no dearth of jobs for the youths due to this. In the past seven years we have set up 23 new universities and, will set up another 11. We have reduced 40 per cent unemployment in Bengal already. We will build more infrastructures and this, in turn, will create more employment,” she said.