GBU gets new officiating registrar

Fresh controversy emerges
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15 Sep 2017

Vice chancellor (VC) of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) Prof Gopalchandra Mishra engaged Prof Sujit Mandal, head of varsity’s Geography department as registrar on additional charge today. The post was lying vacant since resignation of Prof Shyamsundar Bairagya in October, 2014.
Prof Mandal’s engagement as the UGB registrar on additional charge has, however, not pleased a large section of teachers and officials of the varsity. They have raised questions whether Mandal’s new assignment despite his being a member of varsity’s executive council (EC) was morally correct.
It may be mentioned that no suitable candidate was found for permanent appointment to the post of registrar despite holding interviews from time to time. Hence, teachers of varsity served as registrar on additional charge at times.
Since resignation of Prof Bairagya, Prof Mishra, the VC was requested by EC to retain the post. “The power of registrar was vested in me. But I had to execute the tasks through the designated officials. Now, I hope that with engagement of a registrar, administrative and academic functions would speed up,” Prof Mishra said to EOI.
The VC informed that Prof Mandal was asked to act as registrar on additional charge following section 10(6) of the UGB act, 2007.
Prof Mandal said, “I would try to discharge my responsibilities in accordance with law and in consultation with the VC.” “I would try to run the administration transparently,” Mandal added.
He was appointed an associate professor of Geography in UGB in 2014. He was separately appointed as the professor in 2015.
However, the teachers and officials who strongly objected Prof Mandal’s engagement claimed that Mandal had a close association with Sanatan Das, former controller of examinations on additional charge.
“Das was asked to step down after Partha Chatterjee, education minister was quite discontented with several allegations against him. Mandal is Das’s close associate. VC’s decision of engaging Mandal is in a way resumption of Das’s authority in campus again,” they said.
Although Mandal did not speak in this regard, he conceded that during Das’s regime as acting COE, the UGB earned many administrative and academic laurels.