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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

University of Gour Banga May Get New VC This Month

Malda, November 5, 2012: University of Gour Banga (UGB), most possibly, would get its 4th Vice Chancellor (VC) very shortly since its inception in 2007. Present VC Prof Achintya Biswas is going to be replaced by an eminent academician and professor from North Bengal University (NBU) by the middle of the month as learnt from sources.

This may be mentioned that Prof Biswas took charge as the VC on 14 May this year from his predecessor Prof Gopa Datta. It has been learnt from UGB sources that it was mentioned in the appointment letter of Prof Biswas that he tenure would not exceed 18 months. He would complete six months in his office on 14 November. He may tender resignation soon after that, predicted an education department senior official preferring anonymity.

Notably, the tenure of Prof Biswas as the VC of UGB witnesses several serious controversies. It was when the UGB authority had to withdraw the graduation final result even after publication. Some senior members of the university council (UC) of the UGB also alleged that Prof Biswas took some crucial decisions bypassing them.

Recently, it was alleged that the Prof Biswas himself violating the merit list approved the prayer of a candidate seeking admission into post graduation in education. Many other allegations were labeled against him too during his regime in UGB. He indulged in confrontation with the media also.

Sources claimed that a section of UC members and senior teachers complained against him to the higher education department and it was precisely the reason behind his probable replacement.

However, a senior intelligentsia and teacher refused to accept that Prof Biswas is going to be replaced. “It’s he who volunteered not to continue as the UGB VC himself. He is an excellent personality and there is no question of altering him if he wishes to continue,” he said.

Meanwhile, three names are being considered for the post of new VC of UGB as learnt from state higher education department sources and interesting all three of them are now eminent professors of NBU. “Names of Prof Ananda Gopal Ghosh, Prof Jeta Sankrityayan and Prof Jyotish Chakraborty are being considered as the next UGB VC,” informed an educationist from Kolkata preferring confidentiality. Notably, he informed that Prof Ghosh may be requested to take over as the new VC as he has a thorough acquaintance with the UGB as the chairman of the post graduate board of studies of the varsity since 2008. 
Prof Biswas, when asked about the issue, told the media, “I don’t know anything in this regard yet.”

However, Prof Ghosh, who was in train on his way to Guwahati, said over phone, “I have no official intimation in this regard. My only motto is to serve the cause of education and the students. If the state government considers me suitable for the UGB VC, I would, for the sake of education and students, shoulder the accountability with my best possible resources.”

1 comment:

  1. It is not good to remove a V.C. or encourage sections of university/college employees or other stakeholders compelling resignation by the incumbent. If the reports as outlined in the text are true, then it appears that the University Council is incapable of tackling issues based on rules. A close look at the composition of he UC will reveal that it should have included senior and eminent academicians from North Bengal because they are aware of the ground reality and the challenges. The V.C. needs time to have a grip on the university affairs, particularly for a university as sick as UGB which is running for last 4 years with rules of a sister university ( NBU).There is no legal backbone in terms of Statute/Ordinance/Regulations/Rules of UGB till date. The legal validity of its functioning and its examination results / degrees awarded are open to challenge at Court. The Govt. needs to sit with the incumbent V.C. and the Council to sort out all grey areas rather than aim at short-sighted solutions.This step will create a bad precedent as there will always be groups of vested interests to replace a V.C. finding a few faults.
    Out of the three names, the last one is not even a Professor while the second one has less than ten years of experience as Professor - how could they be shortlisted ? The Act needs ten years experience as Professor or equivalent to become a V.C.