West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee.
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West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Saturday the number of universities in the state had increased from 12 to 42 since the Trinamool Congress government took power.

Speaking over a video conference on a Teachers Day program, Chatterjee said the number of higher education institutions had also increased significantly during the TMC regime.

“During our tenure, 50 new universities were created, while the number of universities rose from 12 to 42.

There are now around 21 lakh students enrolled in universities, a steady increase from 12.4 lakh, ”said the minister.

He said 6,500 assistant professors have been appointed to higher education institutions and 1.25 lakh school teachers have been hired.

Chatterjee also alleged that the number of early school leavers has decreased.

In the meantime, a total of 61 teachers received the “Siksha Ratna” from the state government on Saturday.

On this occasion, 13 schools were also honored.

“In recognition of the contribution of teachers in schools, colleges and universities, our government congratulates outstanding teachers with ‘Siksha Ratna Samman’ on Teachers’ Day,” Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Twitter.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also welcomed the teachers and “worked hard to shape the future of our country”.

“Also best wishes to the teachers teaching students amid the lockdown,” added Dhankhar.

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