Govt ready to take over affairs of Chowgule College, says Parrikar

The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that the government is ready to take over the management of the Margao-based Smt Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Sciences, if the Chowgule Education Society finds it difficult to run one of the oldest, post-Liberation educational institutions in the state.

Earlier, the Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijai Sardesai brought to the notice of the House that the Chowgule Education Society has once again written to the director of education, requesting for closure of the higher secondary section of the college.
“The management of the college is also misleading the public through the institution’s website indicating that the higher secondary students may have to shift to other college,” he added, pointing out that this trick is slowly working and the number of students in the higher secondary section of the college is slowly dropping.
It was informed that during the academic year 2012-13, there are only 58 students studying in the Art stream of class XI, as compared to 108 students during the previous year. Similarly, 137 students are studying in the Science stream of class XI, during the academic year 2012-13, while the previous year, this number was 215.
The Chief Minister maintained that the management of the college has approached the court of law on the issue and the matter is sub-judice. He also maintained that as per Section 32 of the Goa Education Act, the director of education is the sole authority to decide about the closure of any educational institution in the state, and in case of the Smt Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts, the director of education has clearly denied such permission. [NT]