For babus in labrynthine corridors of government offices, it’s just another matter that can be kept waiting. Not so for St. Xavier’s. It’s already a Centre For Excellence, and it doesn’t want to loose any more time. See the story, Early blow for St Xavier’s second campus.
For nearly 3 decades, standard of education has been systematically made to suffer in West Bengal. Which has meant that there has been just about no progress in development of education in keeping with changing times. Men of little stature took upon themselves to ‘educate’ the rest of us through their warped concepts, dealing in the process a hammer-blow to the quality of education in Bengal.
This would have continued had the power-that-be not woken to the growing disenchantment among students to pursue higher studies here. One recalls special trains that are arranged every year between Howrah and Bangalore – similar to summer specials or puja specials – to enable hordes of examinees to appear in qualifying tests there.
St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata – breeding great minds [Picture source]
Ultimately it is felt that higher institutes must be freed from the self-serving clutches of political class. Which is how St. Xavier’s is now an autonomous college, and an immediate recipient of Centre For Excellence award from the UGC. Not surprisingly, and quite justifiably, St. Xavier’s College wants to make up for lost time. Hence the hurry for setting up a second campus off EM Bypass.
Tell that to the government clerk who matters. All you’ll receive is an indulgent smile, which translates to mean, why the hurry, dear. If you press on, be assured the ‘file’ will take eons to invite his attention, no matter how frustrated you feel.
Let’s hope good sense dawns in their minds soon, for there is so much to catch up, and fast.