Guidelines followed in respect of establishment of a Govt.

aided General Degree College:
The Education Commissions set up earlier by the State Government under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhabatosh Dutta (1984) and Dr. Ashoke Mitra (1992) emphasized the need for establishment of new Degree Colleges in a planned manner taking into consideration several factors like the distance of nearby colleges from proposed location, the population density, number of feeder schools etc. At the same time, the importance of consolidation and upgradation of existing colleges was also duly emphasized in their reports. Although, a few new colleges are added to the list every year since the submission of their reports, but there is no denying the fact that the total number of such colleges we have at present in our State (∼ 450) is still below the desired level. In our country, the access to higher education till today hovers around 10% of the population belonging to eligible age group (17-23 years). Our State is no exception. But the major hurdle in increasing the access is that the State Governments have limited avenues for resource mobilization but burdened with ever increasing responsibilities. In our State, since 1978, the State Government through introduction of pay-packet scheme, has undertaken the responsibility of bearing the entire cost towards payment of salary and other administrative expenses in most of our colleges. In a country like ours, unless the education is highly subsidized, it will remain beyond the reach of the majority population. Keeping all these constraints in view and appreciating the need for increasing the access by a few more percentage, State Council of Higher Education tries to formulate guidelines from time to time for establishment of new Degree Colleges in different parts of the State under pay-packet-scheme of the State Government. The number of existing colleges is inadequate, no doubt. But there are other serious problems like uneven distribution of these colleges within the State as well as districts or within a region. There are some colleges which are overcrowded; there are some which do not get adequate number of students. The percentage of girl students, especially in science, technology and professional streams is still low. Similarly, the number of students from SC/ST and Minority communities is low compared to their share in overall population. If there is no college in the neighbourhood, many parents cannot send their wards to distant colleges because of their inability to pay the

an Education Map has been prepared with the help of the Department of Science and Technology. Government of West Bengal. one of whose aims and objectives should be establishment of higher educational institution. The proposal must be submitted on behalf of an Organizing Committee formed by a Registered Society (or a Trust Body). Schools and of students passing out every year in Arts/ Science/Commerce streams from these schools. In order to identify the gaps. In such cases the poor. Therefore while identifying gaps. It is also to be noted whether the number of successful students from these schools is increasing over the years. Once the need is thus established. at least in its formative years. The Society must arrange (i) a suitable piece of land (minimum area of which will be as per latest regulation of UGC) either purchased or received as gift which has to be duly registered in the name of the college prior to issuance of No Objection /consent letter from the Govt. several criteria have been identified which have to be fulfilled by an organization applying for establishment of a college under the paypacket scheme. the students may commute to far away colleges. whether the local people are really interested to have a college in their locality.travelling expenses. voluntary labour and through other means. especially the girls suffer most. but it is overcrowded. Considering all these factors and the recent regulations / guidelines of UGC as well as higher education policy of the State Government. then comes the question. one can easily identify the localities which have no Degree Colleges within a radius of 15-20 kms. Looking at the Map. The track record of the Society is also looked into to assess their organizational capacity. In some other cases. people should come forward and contribute significantly towards establishment of college through donations (cash or kind). although there may be a college in the neighbourhood. the number of Feeder H. People’s involvement is a very important factor for establishment and running of a college. Next important factors are the population density of the Block/Locality or so called “catchment area’. If road and /or rail connectivity is good. . But there are places where it is very difficult and expensive even to commute a distance of 10 kms. not only the geographical distance but other relevant factors should also be taken into account. the level of social and economic backwardness. Instead of depending entirely on the Government. commitment and dedication.S. The economic condition of the majority of the people of the locality is also an important factor.

(iii) Operational Fund of at least Rs. local self-governments. aided and self-financing) and to start functioning from a particular academic session. as deemed fit. To be considered for establishment of a college (both Govt.0 Acres Science) / Art College etc. Type of College Requirement of Land (in Metropolitan Area As per UGC stipulation 2.00. Commerce. 5. the proposal may preferably be submitted by 31st December of the preceding year.P.Ed.000/. Requirement of Land (for Govt. If all these conditions are satisfied and the State Govt. as per latest UGC Regulations). College Law Colleges As per BCI norms 1.Corpus Fund per Programme (to be kept in a Fixed Deposit Account in a Nationalized /Co-operative Bank for a term not less than five years. Teacher Training As per NCTE norms (B. 5. 3.) College / B.000/(through opening up of a Savings/Current Bank Account in a Nationalized/ Co-operative Bank) to meet the initial and/or any other Contingency expenses and (v) sufficient provision (in the form of written assurances from MP.Ed. . MLA.00. No. field inspection will be carried out by the Council and recommendations. philanthropists and other individuals) for construction of college building as per relevant regulations of UGC (iv) any other conditions as stipulated by UGC / concerned university for establishment of a college. aided and self-financings): Sl. will be communicated to the Government. 15. 2.(ii) a Reserve Fund of at least Rs.0 Acres As per NCTE norms As per BCI Acres) NonMetropolitan Areas General Degree As per UGC College stipulation (Arts. concurs.

norms .

.00. 10. The Society must arrange (i) a suitable piece of land (minimum area of which will be as per UGC norms) either purchased or received as gift which has to be duly registered in the name of the college prior to issuance of No Objection /consent letter from the Govt. . 10. / Affiliating University and any other concerned regulatory body. However.Guidelines followed in respect of establishment of a Selffinancing College: Establishment of self-financing college offering undergraduate education in traditional subjects in Arts / Science / Commerce streams would normally be not encouraged except in very special cases e. The proposal must be submitted on behalf of an Organizing Committee formed by a Registered Society (or a Trust Body).000/. commitment and dedication./ Council/ Affiliating University. laboratory etc. aided colleges. the Organizing Committee have to give undertaking that if NOC is issued then (i) the qualification and remuneration of the Principal and teachers appointed on whole-time (regular or on contract) / part-time basis or as guest lecturers should be as per UGC / State Govt. the proposal may be considered subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down for establishment of self-financing colleges. one of whose aims and objectives should be establishment of higher educational institution. (iv) Will follow all relevant regulations of the UGC / State Govt.(through opening up of a Savings/Current Bank Account in a Nationalized/ Co-operative Bank) to meet the initial and/or any other Contingency expenses and (v) provision for sufficient fund to construct the college building and associated infrastructure like library.(kept in a Fixed Deposit Account in a Nationalized /Co-operative Bank for a term not less than five years). economic condition of a sizeable population is such that a section of the parents can afford to pay necessary fee but there are not sufficient number of colleges in the neighbourhood. if such colleges propose to offer education in emerging / interdisciplinary areas where sufficient opening is not available for the students in neighbouring Govt. if the proposed location satisfies several criteria like. The track record of the Society is also looked into to assess their organizational capacity. (ii) The Selection Committee will be formed according to the guidelines of the Affiliating University (iii) Fee structure will be as per guidelines of the State Govt. (iii) Corpus Fund as per latest regulations of UGC (iv) Operational Fund of at least Rs.00. (ii) a Reserve Fund of at least Rs.g.000/. In addition. or Govt. norms. as per relevant regulations of UGC (vi) any other conditions as stipulated by UGC / concerned university for establishment of a college.

********* .If all these conditions are satisfied and the State Govt. as deemed fit will be communicated to the Government. field inspection will be carried out by the Council and recommendations. concurs.