It will be Cotton University now

GUWAHATI, July 20: The Assam Assembly on Wednesday passed two important education Bills –– the Cotton College State University Bill, 2011 and the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialization of Services) Bill, 2011 –– with some amendments.
With the passage of the Cotton CollegeState University Bill, the State Assembly has ascertained the setting up of Cotton College State University that will be headed by the State Chief Minister as the Chancellor. The prestigious college was established in 1901. On the other hand, the passage of the Venture Educational Institutions(Provincialization of Services) Bill has paved the way for provincialization of services of teachers and other employees who have been working since 1991.
During the discussion on the Cotton College State University Bill, AGP MLA Keshab Mahanta brought two amendments –– the Cotton College State University should have an academic registrar and the executive council of the university should have two members from the Assam Legislative Assembly. Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma accepted both the amendments.
Sarma said that with the passage of the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialization of Services) Bill, 200 other colleges would come under the purview of theState Government. "A university should have 50 colleges under it. Going by that calculation, Assam needs eight universities."
Bringing an amendment to the Educational Institutions (Provincialization of Services) Bill, Phani Bhushan Choudhury of the AGP said: "According to a clause in the Bill, a teacher or an employee has to workfor 12 years for his service being provincialized till the cut-off date, January 1, 2006. Twelve years is too long a period, and that period should be reduced to five years so as to cover a number of other teachers and employees."
Most of the members of the House, including Bhumidhar Barman, Sarat Barkataky, Anjan Dutta, Membor Gogoi, Piyush Hazarika, Sushanta Buragohain and Ranjit Das wanted reduction in the working period of a teacher or an employee before his service being provincialized. While some wanted the working period to be eight years, some wanted it to be ten years. Taking the unanimity of theHouse on the reduction of working period of a teacher or employee into consideration, the Education Minister accepted the period as ten years. This reduction has ensured that services ofteachers and other employees working from 1991 to 2001 will be provincialized in the first phase.
Accepting an amendment brought by Keshab Mahanta of the AGP, the minister extended the three-year period given to teachers without having the required qualification to acquire the qualification in five years.
The State Government also brought an amendment, making it clear that the ten-year service for a teacher or an employee for being his job provincialized would be counted fromthe date of permission in case of primary schools, date of recognition in case of ME schools and the date of affiliation in case of colleges.
Replying to an amendment brought by Sherman Ali Ahmed and Aminul Islam, the minister said that Sanskrit tols and madrassa teacher/employee provincialization Bill would be laid in the next Assembly session. (SentinelAssam)

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