“During our tenure, 50 new colleges have come up, while the number of universities increased from 12 to 42. Around 21 lakh students are now enrolled in higher educational institutions, a steady rise from 12.4 lakh,” the minister said.
He said 6,500 assistant professors have been appointed in higher educational institutions and 1.25 lakh school teachers were recruited.
Chatterjee also claimed that the number of school dropouts has gone down.
Meanwhile, a total of 61 teachers received the ‘Siksha Ratna’ from the state government on Saturday.
Thirteen schools were also honoured on the occasion.
“In recognition of the contribution of teachers in schools, colleges and universities, our government felicitates outstanding teachers with ‘Siksha Ratna Samman’ on Teachers’ Day,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Twitter.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, too, greeted teachers, “working persistently in shaping the future of our country”.
“Also, best wishes to the teachers who are educating the students amidst lockdown,” Dhankhar added.