Controversial evaluation to alleged attempt of defaming institution : Probe taken up against teacher of Gour Banga varsity

5 Oct 2018

A probe has been underway against an associate professor of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) after serious allegations including discrepancies in according marks to examinees and defaming the varsity have been hurled at him by a certain section of the university. Although the authorities preferred to remain reticent, when asked in this regard, it has been learnt from the sources in the varsity that the concerned teacher might face stern disciplinary action if the enquiry-committee found the allegations against him to be substantive.
According to sources in UGB, service of Subhamay Choudhury, who was appointed an associate professor provisionally in the department of Chemistry, in December, 2016 was not confirmed after his completion of one year of service.
“Choudhury got involved in one controversy after another since his joining,” a source in the UGB said.
It has been learnt from sources that some post-graduate students of the department of Chemistry alleged that some of them were deprived of deserving score while few others were over marked. Taking their grievances into consideration UGB authorities ordered a second evaluation by a veteran professor of Burdwan University, who reportedly justified the students’ opinion. UGB authorities then called for the third evaluation by Prof R. N. Prasad, former secretary of Indian Chemical Society, who not only stood by the second evaluation but expressed resentment against the first evaluation reportedly done by Choudhury.
According to UGB sources, an enquiry committee was constituted comprising the professors of the UGB to look into a complaint by Choudhury as he alleged humiliation by a non-teaching staff of the varsity in April.
The enquiry committee not only reportedly rubbished the allegation but many of the members of the committee considered the allegation as an attempt to defame the varsity.
It has been further learnt that in 2017 a bunch of keys of the department of Chemistry was lost and subsequently large quantity of valuable Chemicals were found missing.
A committee comprising two professors of the University of North Bengal was formed to look into the matter. The committee suggested initiation of police probe as the matter appeared to be very serious.
As one after another allegations started cropping up, UGB authorities ordered a probe into those matters.
Choudhury refused to comment when asked about those issues over telephone.
Prof Sadhan Saha, registrar of UGB on additional charge was also brief in his comment. “A probe has been ordered against a teacher of the department of Chemistry. Suitable action would be taken if the enquiry committee suggests so. But nothing else can be said in the interest of the probe,” Saha said. (EOIPC)