Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assigned two functionaries of her party and the government the responsibility to deal with matters related to colleges and universities in the state.
This apart, she has ordered the development of a mobile app through which the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) will stay directly in touch with the vice-chancellors of the state universities and principals of the colleges.
The twin move, in effect, clips the wings of education minister Partha Chatterjee, over whose functioning the Chief Minister is reportedly unhappy for a while.
Banerjee made the announcement on Monday while chairing a review meeting of the education department at Nabanna Auditorium in Howrah in the presence of Chatterjee and senior officers of his department.
Vice-chancellors (VC), pro-VCs, and principals of colleges from all over Bengal were invited to the review meeting.
Chief Minister kicked off the discussion by clearly stating: “I am extremely unhappy with the functioning of the education department.”
The observation was in view of the alleged lack of monitoring on the implementation of the policies and initiatives announced by the state government for the universities and colleges.
Delay in implementing infrastructure development projects for educational institutes surfaced as a major issue.
After hearing to complaints from college principals and VCs of several universities, a visibly upset Chief Minister named two functionaries of her party as the pointsmen to address the issues.
In case of the educational institutes in north Bengal, she asked them to get in touch Alipurduar MLA Sourav Chakraborty, who also happens to be chairman of Siliguri-Jalpaiguri Development Authority.
As regards south Bengal, transport minister Suvendu Adhikari will play the role of the supervisor for the educational institutes in the region.
The Chief Minister also announced that now on, she will hold such review meeting every six months for the education department.