Disgruntled education minister asks UGB authorities to adopt strong measures against ‘hooliganism’ in campus

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
5 Dec 2017

State education minister Partha Chatterjee has asked the newly appointed vice chancellor (V~C) Prof Swagata Sen to strongly deal with disruptive activities at University of Gour Banga (UGB) campus, A section of college students went on ransacking the assets of the varsity alleging that the undergraduate results published by the UGB authorities were full of errors. The VC himself appraised the education minister of the destructive activities. The education minister suggested the VC to tackle the situation with ‘zero tolerance’ to such ‘unwarranted activities.’
Soon after the mood of the education minister was read by the varsity authorities, a wriiten complaint was lodged with English Bazaar police station by Rajib Patitundi, who has now signing authority officially for the registrar.
“I have lodged a written police complaint already following the VC’s directive,” Patitundi conceded.
Police have asked for the CCTV footages of the incident from varsity authorities to probe into the matter. “After we get the CCTV footages the task of identifying the accused would be easier,” said Purnendu Kundu, inspector-in-charge of English Bazaar police station.
It has been learnt from UGB sources that the CCTV footages would be handed over to police after the VC returns Malda on Dec 6.
It may be mentioned that the varsity students staged prolonged demonstrations demanding publication of results before. But those movements never turned violent. However, after the publication of results, agitation resumed. It suddenly turned hostile when students from five colleges entered the varsity and indulged in ransacking the varsity properties for hours.
According to sources in the state higher education department, those would instigated the movement would also be identified and taken strong actions against.
Meanwhile, Shyamapada Mandal, acting controller of examinations (COE) said that the VC would be holding a meeting with the heads of all 26 colleges under Gour Banga varsity to discuss about steps to be taken for preventing such violent activities.
“An enquiry committee would also look into the grievances rendered by the students about the results,” Mandal said.
Prof Sen said, “We would adopt strict measures to prevent such violent activities in the campus. A high leve enquiry would also be taken up.”