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Friday, November 7, 2014

Registrar-release drama ends in UGB

Malda, 16 October, 2014: Drama over the release of the officiating registrar kept the University of Gour Banga (UGB) rocking on Thursday also after Shyamsundar Bairagya, the registrar on additional made a dramatic shuffle late Wednesday night though he intended to remain in UGB in the evening.

Finally, Prof Bairagya was released on lien late this evening and Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Gopal Mishra himself kept the charge of the registrar for an indefinite period.

It may be mentioned that outgoing registrar Prof Bairagya made numerous twists to keep his departure from UGB a dramatic one till the last hour. On 19 September he first sought release from the VC stating that he would join Visva Bharati University on lien.

Since then he kept the matter of leaving UGB shrouded in mystery changing his mind time and again. Initially he claimed that despite his intense desire to join Visva Bharati, he could not do so as the release order from UGB was not issued to him. Again he hinted sometimes that he would continue as the registrar on additional charge honoring the request of the UGB authorities.

Even yester after having a brief talk with the VC, the outgoing registrar Prof Bairagya told the media he would not join Visva Bharati for the time being as the release order was not issued. But suddenly he left for Bolpur late last night and informed the VC over phone this morning that he finally made his mind to join Visva Bharati and sought release from the UGB again.

Following such vacillation of Prof Bairagya, teachers and officers of UGB kept speculating the whole day whether he would finally leave the varsity. Rumours were fanned by contradictory claims from different UGB circles. District TMCP president Prasenjit Das kept vigil on the development from Kolkata.

Speculations received newer dimension after district Trinamul Congress president Dr Moazzem Hossain suddenly reached the UGB to meet the VC in the evening. Though, Dr Hossain claimed that it was a ‘courtesy visit,’ he also mentioned that the ruling party has several plans about the varsity which would gradually come to the fore after the festive season is over.

VC Prof Gopal Mishra said, “Prof Bairagya was released this evening. As of now I would keep the charge of the registrar with myself.”

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