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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ghani Khan Engineering Institute ransacked by students

Malda, 24 February, 2015: Alleging that they have not been awarded certificates even four years after passing the examinations hundreds of aggrieved students of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology (GKCIET) today went on ransacking the properties of the institute’s Laxmipur campus in English Bazaar police station to the complete helplessness of the authorities. As the studies in this Central government funded institute came to a halt following the violent agitation, the future of nearly 500 students has become uncertain.

The aggrieved students today ravaged the offices of the officer-on-special-duty (OSD), and the registrar as well as the computer laboratory. Chairs, tables, computers and other properties could not escape the wrath of the students. They also burnt the effigy of the OSD in front of the campus.

They students alleged that they were not awarded the certificates for last four years. Most of us have been suffering from depression as our future seems to be bleak without the certificates, they said. The students further alleged that despite their repeated pleas the GKCIET authorities could not specify time of offering the certificates to the deserving students.

It has been learnt from GKCIET sources that in January this year the students being at their wit’s end cautioned the authority that they would resort to indefinite strike if they did not receive the certificates immediately. However, the authority could not arrange to distribute the certificate even then. Eventually the students resorted to strike from Monday.

OSD of the institute Prashanta Sarkar claried that the issuing certificates was a problem since the term of the board of governors (BOG) of the institute ended in August, 2014. Mr Abu Naser Khan Choudhury, a Congress MLA from Sujapur and brother of late Ghani Khan Choudhury was the chairman of the BOG.

As GKCIET is under the human resources development ministry of the Union government, the chairman of BOG is appointed by the ministry. Mr Khan Choudhury’s tenure was not extended further by the Union government.

Presently the director of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Durgapur Prof Tarakeswar Kumar has been working as the mentor director of GKCIET. Mr Khan Choudhury informed that the matter was brought to the notice of the Union government already.

It may be mentioned that GKCIET founded in 2010 offered certificate cources initially and later the diploma courses too. In 2014 the President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the new building of the institute and declared introduction of B Tech courses as well.

Presently there are 500 students pursuing 13 courses including 180 students pursuing degree courses in seven subjects. There are 200 employees including 150 contractual workers. 33 teachers have been teaching in the GKCIET now. 

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