Daylong ruckus in Gour Banga Varsity

Cong MP, MLAs force VC follow state govt’s admission rules
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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
30 Oct 2017

Demonstrations by Congress MP and MLAs for nearly six and a half hours finally compelled the vice chancellor (V-C) of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) to retreat from its decision of admitting students through spot counseling allegedly in violation of an order issued by the state government.
The Congress delegation led by Malda north MP and district party chief Mausam Noor reached the UGB campus at 1 pm today to serve a deputation to the VC Prof Gopalchandra Mishra. Congress MLAs Isha Khan Choudhury, Sabina Yeasmin and Asif Mehbub along with district Congress general secretaries Narendranath Tiwary and Hemanta Sharma. The deputation was organized in the banner of Chhatra Parishad (CP) led by its district president Babul Sheikh.
According to the Congress delegation, varsity’s officiating registrar Prof Sujit Mandal issued an order on Oct 18 to admit students to postgraduate courses through spot counseling in gross violation of the order issued by the special secretary of state higher education department on April 29, 2016.
“It was categorically mentioned in the order that admission to colleges and universities must be made online and no other method. But to encourage discrepancies and corruption Prof Mishra, VC in connivance with some UGB officials ordered PG admission through spot-counseling. We wonder how a VC can ignore state government’s candid directive,” said Noor.
The Congress MP and MLAs demanded that the VC had to roll back its decision as the admission system through spot counseling had several loopholes which the state government realized long back.
Interestingly Prof Mishra officially admitted in front of the Congress delegation that such an admission system could be full of flaws.
As the Congress delegation demanded cancellation of the ‘illegal order’ made by the UGB authorities, Prof Mishra kept changing faces numerous times. Even after briefing the media that the admission through spot counseling would be cancelled as the system was not ‘error-free,’ the VC changed his stance the very next moment stating that cancellation of the spot admission would be difficult for him.
Meanwhile, some students few of them were allegedly outsiders forcibly entered the VC’s chamber and raised slogans against the Congress MP and MLAs. They even indulged in altercations with the people’s representatives. The demand of those students, who claimed themselves to be members of Trinamool Congress backed students’ welfare committee, demanded that the spot admission system had to be continued.
A large contingent of police led by Purnendu Kundu, inspector-in-charge of English Bazaar police station had a tough job in maintaining law & order in varsity premises that was filled with roaring slogans by both the camps.
Finally Prof Mishra declared that the admission of students made through spot counseling today would remain valid. But remaining seats would be filled online.
Noor said that Congress MLAs would raise the UGB related issues in the state assembly. “A Congress delegation would also meet the state education minister Partha Chatterjee to unmask the corrupt UGB officials including the VC. If necessary, Congress would take up the matter with the Central government and in parliament also,” she said.
Prof Mishra, however, said, “Whatever I have done was in the interest of students. Small illegalities to protect bigger issues are not uncommon,” he said.