University status to five colleges in Assam in next two years: Chief Minister

Assam's five autonomous colleges

Assam’s five autonomous colleges – two located at Lakhimpur, Nogaon along with JB Law College, Jorhat; Sibsagar College, Sibsagar; Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that in the next two years Handik College, Guwahati will be given university status.

He was addressing the North East Education Conclave at Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) auditorium.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu were also present in the program.

“We have already shortlisted that our autonomous colleges of lakhimpur, nogaon, jorhat (jb law college), along with sibsagar college and handique college will be given the status of university in the next two years….” Mr Sarma said in his speech.

Assam’s five autonomous colleges ; Assam has made progress in the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP), the minister said, adding that the state government has formed a high-level committee for the implementation of the policy, the draft implementation policy is ready and the State Education Commission is ready, he said.

When it comes to the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, it is easy to implement the policy in states like Lucknow and Delhi, while it is a challenge in the northeastern states as these states have 180 languages. Assam Chief Minister said.

“We are going ahead with the implementation part…we have created a policy for online teacher transfer, recruitment…everything is going ahead in full swing. Only wherever in certain parts the state government can not do on our own we need help and guidance from the central government. I’m sure that guidance will come to us now and I am very confident about that,” Mr Sarma said.

Sarma said that Assam has already made some progress in the implementation of NEP 2020. A high level committee has been constituted in the state for implementation of the policy and the draft is ready. “We have made a policy for online teacher transfer, recruitment,” he said. In the next cabinet, the state will divide the education system as envisaged in the policy. Sarma said that the state is also moving towards setting up new universities.

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