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Monday, February 9, 2015

None found suitable for registrar and COE posts in UGB, VC remains reticent

Malda, 5 February, 2015: Even the second attempt of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) authorities to find a suitable permanent registrar and controller of examinations (COE) did not yield any result as no candidate was reportedly found suitable for either of the posts in an interview held at the varsity’s Kolkata camp office on 30 January.  

Vice chancellor (VC) of UGB, who is now also on additional charge of the registrar, Prof Gopal Mishra, however, remained tightlipped regarding the result of the interview. “The selection committee recommends the suitable candidates and appointment letter is issued after the approval of the university council (UC). The recommendation sealed in an envelope would be opened in the next UC meeting to be held tentatively on 28 February in Malda. I cannot comment on the issue prior to it,” Prof Mishra said.

It may be mentioned that UGB was founded on 10 March, 2008 and since then it has been striving to get a permanent registrar and COE. Prof Tapas Chatterjee who was the first registrar at the inception stage was later replaced by Apurba Chakraborty. Later, Prof SS Bairagya, Prof Madhab Adhikari and Prof Bikash Mukherjee and again Prof SS Bairagya served as the registrars of the UGB. Prof Mukherjee claimed that he was suitable to be the permanent registrar but was deprived of his right later.

After officiating registrar Prof Bairagya resigned in last September, Prof Mishra preferred to keep the charge of registrar with himself.

Similarly, Mr Chinmoy Basu, Prof Bikash Roy, Mr Tarashankar Gupta, Prof Samipendra Banerjee, Prof Debabrata Debnath, Mr Apurba Chakraborty, Prof Madhab Adhikary, Prof Rajat Kishore Dey and Prof Sanatan Das acted as the COE at different times. Their tenures varied from two days to one year.


However, since joining as the VC Prof Mishra sincerely tried to appoint permanent registrar and COE to speed up administrative work of the varsity. Hence, advertisements were issued for both the posts.

Nine candidates applied for each of those two crucial posts and interestingly three GUB teachers appeared for the interview for registrar while the number of aspirants from within the varsity for COE was four.

VC of Netaji Subhas Open University Prof Subhasankar Sarkar, VC of University of North Bengal Prof Somnath Ghosh, Pro VC of Calcutta University Prof Dhrubajyoti Chatterjee, former VC of Alia University Prof Samsul Alam and UGB VC Prof Mishra were in the selection committee.

The selection committee reportedly expressed surprise at the lack of experience and eligibility of some of the candidates who turned up for the interview. Eventually, the selection committee remarked ‘none found suitable’ (NFS) as sources informed.

Educationists believe that as none was found suitable for registrar and COE of UGB, the administrative crisis of the varsity would continue.

However, they have also observed that had there been a screening committee for the applicants before issuing permission to appear for interview, the unsuitability could have been avoided. Some educationists also suggested eligibility for both of the posts should be relaxed and time for application should be extended so that more candidates apply for those two important posts.

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