Science in every Assam College: Govt

100 colleges to open PG classes

The BJP-led government in Assam would soon make it mandatory for all colleges in the state to start the Science stream. This is being done to ensure that no student willing to pursue a career in Science is deprived of an opportunity. Likewise, 100 colleges of the state would also open post-graduate classes in a phased manner from the next academic session.

Why the Need

State education minister Himanta Biswa Sarmahas said that over 15,800 candidates had secured Star marks in the 2017 Class X Assam Board examinations. But not all of these students were able to pursue Science because of lack of colleges having the Science stream. He was speaking at a function in Nagaon, about 120 km from Guwahati.

“While it is encouraging to note that over 15,800 students had secured Star marks, the scope for studying Science is limited. That is why the government has decided to let all colleges in the state start the Science stream from the next academic session,” Sarma said.

Further Plans

Sarma also said that the Assam government had cleared a proposal for starting Post-Graduate classes in various subjects of Science, Humanities and Commerce streams in 100 colleges from next year. “With PG seats limited in the university campuses, a large number of students are deprived of pursing higher studies. We are starting Post-Graduate classes in 100 colleges across the state in a phased manner from this year,” minister Sarma said. Majuli College will be the first college to start PG classes this year itself, he added.

Giving a break-up of the 15,800 students who had secured Star marks in the Class X Board examination this year, Sarma said that while about 11,000 of them had joined the Science stream, about 3,000 joined Arts and about 1,200 Commerce. There are a little over 300 degree colleges in Assam.

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