Bill on hill university in Darjeeling to be placed in Bengal assembly today: Tamang

30 Jul 2018

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chairman Binoy Tamang on Monday claimed that a Bill for establishing a separate state university for the hills of Darjeeling would be placed and passed in the West Bengal assembly on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in the GTA head quarter in Lal Kothi, Tamang said the state university would be completed within 2020 in Mongpo.
The GTA chairman expressed gratitude to Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for making the dream of the hills people in to a reality. “We had raised the issue with the Bengal CM on several occasions after the formation of the GTA Board of Administrator (BoA) last year. We also took up the issue in various review meetings with the chief minister. We thank the CM for taking proactive measures to hear our demand,” he said.
Tamang said the demand for a separate hill university was raised back in 1955. The Darjeeling municipality too than had made the demand he said. “In 1962 the North Bengal University was formed for the hills. But it was set up on Siliguri. The demand was also taken up during the Congress regime when they were in power but no headway was ever made,
while the BJP used it as an election plank,” he said.
The GTA chairman said the state assembly would place the Bill on Tuesday. “We have information that a Bill for a separate state university for the hills will be placed and passed in the assembly tomorrow. The university will be called Greenfield University and all colleges in the hills will be affiliated to it” he said.
Asserting that the hills were a fertile area for quality education, the GTA chairman said the state university would come up on 100 acres in Jogihat area of Mungpo. “Our students face problems when the travel to other cities for education. Once the state university becomes functional, our students will benefit,” Tamang said. (EOIC)