It is more than 16 years that the Government had planned to build such institutes that will help expand the technical education in backward districts like Purulia and Murshidabad. A senior official of Higher Education Department said"The engineering colleges will be set up entirely with Government funds. We have written to the four district magistrates requesting for land."
At present, there are six government engineering colleges in the state which include two in Kolkata and one each in Kalyani, Behrampore, Jalpaiguri and Serampore. Another official expressed as "The last government college was established way back in 1996 in Kalyani. Two reasons played a major role in preventing new government colleges from coming up."
First, there was an acute shortage of funds since the Left Front regime. The cash crunch still remains. But, the Trinamool-led Government has major plans for the education sector which has prompted them to come up with four new government Engineering colleges. Secondly, private players played a major role in expanding engineering education in West Bengal as more and more private investors set up institutes", he added.
Even if these new colleges are set up, still students will have to pay less fees as compared to private institutes. The official said "The lump sum charged by the private colleges sometimes ruins a family since they bleed heavily after paying the fee as prescribed by the Private institutes. Despite a cap on the fee that the institutes can charge for, complaints pour in regarding the violation of norms. Setting up four new Government colleges will solve the crisis".
In the academic session 2014-15, around 300 students will be given admissions, which will take us around two years to prepare the infrastructure, added the senior official of Higher education. Almost a minimum of 5 acres will be required for each college.
The students will find a place in these colleges through WBJEE. Initially, the most popular streams like electronics and telecommunications, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and B.Pharma will be opened. Further, the government may include many other streams in the upcoming years.