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Monday, October 13, 2014

UGB in crisis after officiating registrar seeks release, rat race for the post begins

Malda, 13 October, 2014: University of Gour Banga (UGB) faces a fresh crisis after the registrar on additional charge Prof Shyamsundar Bairagya has sought release from his post to join Visva Bharati University (BU). Vice chancellor (VC) Prof Gopal Mishra, however, asked Prof Bairagya to continue as the registrar till an alternative is found.

It may be mentioned that since its inception in 2008 the UGB did not find a permanent registrar yet. The post was held by the teachers of the varsity from time to time except when Prof Bikash Mukherjee joined the post following the court’s order in January, 2013. However, the university council (UC) did not approve Prof Mukherjee’s appointment. Later, Prof Mukherjee reportedly moved to court again and the matter is still sub judice, GBU sources informed.

Meanwhile, the UGB authorities issued an advertisement seeking a permanent registrar and controller of examinations (COE) on 16 September. So, far 12 persons applied for those posts as learnt from UGB authorities.

But the recruitment process for registrar and COE has become uncertain again following a court’s order. Prof Bairagya said, “We received an order from high court on 29 September and we cannot go ahead now regarding the recruitment till 14 November with regard to the court’s order.”

However, Prof Bairagya conceded that he had already sought release from the additional charge of registrar. “I urged the VC in writing on 23 September to release me so that I can join Visva Bharati at the earliest,” he said.

Prof Mishra said, “It is true that Prof Bairagya has requested for his release as the registrar. But we cannot release him now. He has been competently working as the registrar. We hope, he would keep cooperating with us.”

Meanwhile, UGB sources informed that rat race has already began to get the post of the registrar after Prof Bairagya. A senior professor, an officer of the university who served as the officiating registrar before are among the few who have been reportedly running after the post soon after Prof Bairagya is released. Some of them have already started knocking the doors of the influential leaders of the ruling party and some top brass of the higher education department to be the registrar of the UGB at least on additional charge, sources informed.

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