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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Registrar, Controller and Other Intend to Resign after UC Meeting of UGB Cancelled ‘Political Intervention’


MALDA, 13 MAY: Now on the face of political pressure from the ruling party officiating registrar, controller of examinations and other officials of University of Gour Banga (UGB) have already intended to step down en masse. Though ‘unwanted political pressure’ is the reason, the officials are citing one apparent reason or the other for their resignation. They are now waiting for the new vice chancellor (VC) to take the charge. Most of them were shocked at the postponement of the University Council (UC) meeting yesterday after alleged ‘political intervention.’


It may be recalled that Prof Achintya Biswas is going to take charge of VC on Monday from the outgoing VC Prof Gopa Dutta. Meeting of UC that was to take place today in Kolkata was supposed to be the last meeting of Prof Dutta as VC. Important agendas like confirmation of away examination centre, centralized admission for B Ed, decisions og building committee, confirmation of inspector of colleges (IC), making a committee for recruitment of the Group-D staff were to be settled in yesterday’s meeting. 

But Trinamul Congress backed Gourbanga Siksha o Sanskriti Unnayan Mancha and teachers’ Union smelt rat in such procedure. They alleged that Prof Dutta wanted to regularize number of anomalies in the meeting before her departure. Somsankar Sinha, Dilip Debnath and others alleged, “It was most unethical that VC on the verge of her departure took up so many issues. In fact Dr Apurba Chakraborty’s appointment in the post of IC was not beyond question. Now the desperate attempt to confirm him in his post had shown certain vested interest.” Apart from showing their dissent, they approached the Education Department and forced the postponement of the meeting. 

Prof Dutta said, “Government had asked me to postpone the meeting and it was cancelled”, without disclosing the reason behind it.” However, sharp reaction came from officials of the university. “There was nothing unusual in calling such meetings of UC by outgoing VC. It was scheduled long back. If such political intervention goes on, we can hardly work here anymore”, said an official. Officiating registrar Dr SS Bairagya said: “There were so many crucial agendas. But I was first verbally asked by a higher education department official to cancel the meeting. Later, when Prof Dutta asked me to carry out the same, I did it.”

Meanwhile, Dr Bairagya, controller of examination Dr RK De already expressed their wish to resign. “I’ve already submitted my resignation and I would not continue under any circumstances,” Dr Bairagya said. Dr De said: “I’m feeling uneasy. I’ve already informed Dr Bairagya that I now like to discontinue.” It has been learnt that deputy controller Sadhan Saha may also quit.

It may be recalled that earlier registrar had to resign on the face of assault of the Trinamul backed students union and academicians. Dr Chakraborty, on his confirmation, said, “As per section 31/4 of university guideline I was automatically confirmed in the post of IC as I served this post provisionally for more than a year.” However, he eschewed of commenting on postponement of the UC meeting.

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