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Sunday, May 20, 2012

New UGB VC Takes Over Amid Controversies

MALDA, 14 MAY: New vice chancellor (VC) of University of Gour Banga (UGB) Prof Achintya Biswas today promised to resolve the examinations related grievances on priority basis. Prof Biswas would also take up the shifting of home examination centre issue immediately with regard to the objections raised by different students’ organizations and a section of teachers.  Prof Biswas today took up the charge as the VC for a term of 18 months from the former VC Prof Gopa Datta. 

Prof Biswas, who was a professor of the Bengali department of Jadavpur University, joined the UGB at such a time when the varsity has been suffering from series of controversies.  This may be mentioned the Trinamul Congress influenced Gour Banga Adhyapak Mancha (GBAM) and Gour Banga Siksha O Sanskritri Unnayan Mancha (GBSSUM) raised several allegations against Prof Datta. They believed that Prof Datta encouraged a section of varsity officials who indulged in ‘gross discrepancies.’ The GBAM and GBSSUM leaders, however, welcomed Prof Biswas and hoped that he would run the varsity with better clarity. 
New Vice Chancellor of UGB Prof Achintya Biswas in his chamber

Former Vice Chancellor Prof Gopa Datta

Prof Dilip Debnath of GBAM said, “We believe that new VC would successfully overcome the drawbacks occurred during the tenure of the former VC.” In the same breath he added, “We’d also seek enquiries into the appointment related and other discrepancies from the new VC. There would be no change in our stand in this regard.”

However, another section of UGB employees anticipated that Prof Biswas would run the varsity at the behest of the ruling party and the environment of disharmony would prevail. However, informing that they would pose stiff resistance if any ‘partisan’ decision is taken, a senior varsity teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said: “The copy of the UGB act as well as the proposed statute is lying with us. Any deviation would result in unrest.”

However, hinting that he would like to take the UGB out of the ongoing crises, Prof Biswas said, “My priority would be to solve the examination related grievances first. I would also take up the issue of changing the home examination centres. I want to find a solution in consultation with all concerned with an open mind.”

He also added that he would like to fill the varsity with greeneries particularly the herbal plants. “I think introduction of subjects like Archeology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Technology and Management Studies would prove the varsity as a useful institution for the students. 

Prof Biswas said, “I would like to work in harmony with the team of officials and teachers who have been working so far for the up gradation of the varsity.” He also thanked Prof Datta foe her relentless effort for the UGB.

The UGB teachers and officials today held an informal programme to bid farewell to Prof Datta and to receive Prof Biswas.

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