Calcutta, June 21: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to request the Centre to allow it to take over the management of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology in Malda.
Sources at Nabanna said if the Centre allowed the state to run the institute, the West Bengal State Council of Technical Education would assess and give certificates to students pursuing certificate and diploma courses at the facility.
The sources said the Centre had informed the state that NIT Durgapur would assess and issue certificates to the degree course students at the institute at Lakshmipur, 12km from Malda.
The institute has around 850 students who have been on a strike for more than a month demanding its affiliation to the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
The central government-funded institute had started functioning at the end of 2011.
“The West Bengal State Council of Technical Education will give certificates to certificate and diploma students. , The state council has the expertise and authority to assess such courses. The NIT, Durgapur, will assess the degree students and issue certificates. The state government has to come forward for the sake of the students who are facing hardships,” said Hridyesh Mohan, the secretary of technical education department, at Nabanna today.
Government officials said the students did not get certificates despite completing their certificate and diploma courses as the institute didn’t have affiliation.
Sources said soon after the students had started an agitation for certificates, the state government formed a committee headed by Ghani Khan Choudhury’s brother, Abu Naser Khan Choudhury, on June 15.
The students said the institute didn’t have enough faculty members and laboratories. The committee submitted its recommendations today. The government has decided to intervene in the matter based on the recommendations.
“The state would request the Centre to allow it to take over the institute as nobody is looking after it these days. The State Council of Technical Education will issue the certificates only after the Centre allows the Bengal government to take over the institute,” said a senior government official.