Students’ agitate in UGB seeking VC's resignation

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12 Oct 2017

A large number of students of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) resorted to stir time again today demanding retrenchment of vice chancellor (VC) Prof Gopalchandra Mishra accusing him of inabilities of protecting academic interests of students. They also accused VC as 'guardian of elephantine corruption' in the varsity. The VC, who initially assured to look into the ‘inconveniences’ faced by students, walked out off the campus in face of the stir in the afternoon. Interestingly, the students’ agitations were supported by many of the UGB teachers who believe that students were virtually compelled to resort to movement out of helplessness.
The varsity was opened on Oct 9 after puja vacation. Within 48 hours the students sat in demonstrations in front of the VC’s office. They indulged in sloganeering against the VC and demanded that Prof Mishra should step down immediately.
The agitations were led by the post-graduate students of UGB who alleged that even after elapse of two years their final examinations were pending. They said that the prolonged delay in holding final examinations and subsequently publishing the results deterred them from appearing competitive recruitment examinations. We are not being able to apply for other courses too, they said.
The agitation was joined by the fresh students of post graduate courses who alleged that even after four months of their admission to UGB the courses were not commenced. We are expected to appear our first semester examinations in four months but the varsity authorities could not conclude the admission within stipulated period, they said.
The irate students further alleged that UGB authorities were collecting Rs 1200 per student for issuing certificates. According to them, no university in state levies such a high fee among students merely for offering them certificates.
The students further alleged that the VC had remained blind to several alleged financial scams occurred in UGB during his tenure.
Senior teachers of the varsity, who did not intend to be named, said that the students were the worst sufferers for the mysterious delay. The students are the victims and so we strongly support the movement they have taken up, they said.
Prof Mishra, however, said, “It’s true that examinations of final year PG students and commencement of courses for fresh PG students could not be complete owing to flood and few other unavoidable reasons. We are trying to solve the problem as early as possible,” he said.
The VC also said, “We collect Rs 1200 as security money from students for issuing certificates. Education minister Partha Chatterjee also endorsed our move in state assembly terming as an exemplary decision that should ideally be followed by other varsities in state.”