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Sunday, May 20, 2012

SFI, CP Commence Stir against UGB's Decision of Changing Exam Venue

MALDA, 2 MAY: The CPI-M’s students’ organization Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the Congress affiliate Chhatra Parishad (CP) separately started movement today against the University of Gour Banga University’s (UGB) decision of cancelling the home venue for the graduation final examinations. While the SFI has given an ultimatum to the varsity authorities to alter the decision, the CP supporters’ movement paralyzed three colleges today.

Notably, the UGB authorities in a meeting with the authorities of its affiliate colleges on 30 April resolved that the graduation final examinees would take the examinations not at their own colleges but in other colleges. Vice chancellor (VC) Prof Gopa Dutta said: “The decision was made after detailed discussion with the college authorities. Examinees of one college from this year would take the examinations at the nearby colleges. We would be rational while shifting examination venue from their home college to the other college.” “Nearly all varsities of the state have the same system. Hence, it’s nothing new,” Prof Dutta said.

However, both the SFI and CP got on the street today against the ‘arbitrary decision’ of the UGB authorities. About 700 SFI supporters from Malda and both of Dinajpur districts today served a deputation to the varsity authorities. District SFI secretary Animesh Sinha said: “Unlike Kolkata and other districts average distance between two colleges under UGB is at least 40 kilometre. Besides, financial hardship of the students as well as traffic congestion may hinder the examinees to take examinations at other colleges.” Proposing an alternative Mr Sinha said: “If the varsity authority smells a nexus between the examinees and the invigilators of their own college, the invigilators can be shifted but not the students.”

“If there is no alteration, we would stall all colleges in three districts after 12 May,” Mr Sinha threatened.

CP Supporters too stalled the academic business in Chanchal, Pakuahat and Kaliachak colleges today. District CP president Prasenjit Das said: “Though we think varsity authorities made the decision to ensure clarity of examinations, it’s already too late this year and the students are not economically and mentally prepared to cope up with the new system.” Echoing Mr Sinha, Mr Das said: “When the varsity authorities cannot arrange transportation of the examinees, they must think otherwise.”

Supporting the movements in three colleges he added: “The students have strong grudges against the new system and we can’t ignore their sentiment.”

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