Fresh agitation in GBU demanding completion of PG admission and scholarships

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
18 Sep 2017

University of Gour Banga (UGB) was abuzz with slogans by aggrieved students today who alleged that the varsity authorities had failed both to complete admission into post-graduate courses and to hold fourth semester examinations of post graduate courses in some subjects. Conceding the allegations of the students the officiating registrar Prof Sujit Mandal said that the matter would be resolved shortly.
Nearly a hundred students sat in demonstration near the office of the officiating registrar on Monday. They started sloganeering demanding completion of admission into PG courses and holding fourth semester examinations of PG final year.
Zaber Alam, Abbas Alim Safeli, Vivek Sarka, Laboni Sarkar and other students alleged that although the final results of undergraduate examinations were published on May 9, UGB authorities could not complete examinations even in sixty days.
“It’s UGB’s failure but we have to pay for it as duration of the two-year course would be lengthened. Why should we suffer?” Sarakar asked.
Safeli said, “Even Malda College under UGB has completed PG admission and commenced classes. When a college can, why a varsity cannot,” he asked.
Other students alleged that owing to delayed admission they were unable to avail different scholarship and schemes declared by the state government for the college and university students.
Prof Mandal said, “We always work for the welfare of the students. The allegation of delayed admission is true. 40% seats reserved for candidates from other universities could not be filled. We are trying to do it at the earliest.” He blamed flood for it which the students refused to agree with.
The officiating registrar also said that the UGB authorities would speak to the concerned officials so that the last date of filling in forms for minority scholarship could be extended from Sep 30 in the interest of students.
Bapi Mishra, a member of GBUTA (Gour Banga University Teachers’ Association) said, “The students’ allegations are not baseless. Varsity authorities should consider their demands.”
Vice chancellor Prof Gopalchandra Mishra was out of station and hence unavailable for comment.