West Bengal State Council of Higher Education
The UGC, in the year 1988, recommended the formation of Higher Education Council for State level planning and coordination of Higher Education which resulted in the establishment of West Bengal State Council of Higher Education (WBSCHE). It was established in 1994 under the West Bengal Act XXXVII of 1994.
The West Bengal State Council of Higher Education looks after the maintenance and improvement of academic and related administrative standards of the entire higher education system of the State following closely the guidelines provided by the University Grants Commission.
Some of its routine activities include inspection for approvals of new institutions such as General Degree Colleges, B.Ed. Colleges, Law Colleges etc. With the help of the MHRD, it also undertakes fresh policy initiatives and also deliberates on policy matters affecting the institutions of higher learning.
Functions of West Bengal State Council of Higher Education
Planning and Co-ordination
Some of the functions under planning and coordination include preparing consolidated programmes in the higher education of the State, keeping in view the guidelines issued by the Higher Education Department of the State and the University Grants Commission (UGC) from time to time, and to assist in their implementation.
Under academic functions, the Council encourages and promotes innovations in curricular development, restructuring of courses and and updating of syllabi in the Universities and the colleges. It also devises methods and steps for admission at the UG and PG levels in the colleges and universities of the State.
The Council determines block maintenance grants and formulates strategies in respect to distribution
of such grants. It also helps in framing policy on “earning while learning” for the students.
Colleges and Universities in West Bengal
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