Mamata urges St. Xavier's to start a medical college
While the West Bengal government is yet to decide on the university status sought by the St. Xavier’s College, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged the institution to set up a medical college, promising personal assistance for the project.

Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of the of the institute’s new campus in Rajarhat, Banerjee said she would contribute to the college from the proceeds of her paintings.

‘I request the college authorities to set up a medical college too. This is the age of education, excellence and expansion. Let me know about anything that I can do for you, I will always be by your side,’ she said.

The new campus coming up on 17 acres of land at an estimated cost of Rs 250 crore will house a business school offering both BBA and MBA courses along with integrated five-year courses on microbiology, biotechnology and computer sciences. (Read: Mamata Banerjee battles for generic drugs)

The institute will also house a research facility for these departments offering PhD programmes.

The 150-year-old institution was accorded the status of an autonomous college under the University of Calcutta in 2006.