NBU plea for central status

Siliguri, Jan. 16: The North Bengal University will seek governor M.K. Narayanan's permission to approach Delhi to seek central university status for the 50-year-old institution.

The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting of the university court, the highest decision-making body of the institution.

According to the authorities, the court has asked the varsity's law department to vet the proposal before sending it to the governor, who is the chancellor of the university.

"As Narayanan is the head of the institution, the first step is to seek his permission. After all considerations, we will submit the proposal," a court member said.

If the governor approves it, he will make a request on behalf of NBU to the state government for a no-objection certificate. "If the state also sanctions the proposal, the varsity will apply to the Union HRD ministry. If the ministry approves it, a new law will be passed in the Parliament to grant NBU a central university status," he said.

There are 64 colleges under the varsity. "NBU is the oldest university in the region and completed 50 years recently. If it gets a central status, it will be entitled to enhanced grants. Faculty members from other institutions across the country will be able to teach here," said the court member.