(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 25, 2011
VICE CHANCELLORS RESIGN IN
Education is Disturbed”
From Our Special
Correspondent in Kolkata
attack on the education
the TMC-Congress combine
came to power in
Apart from that, direct interventions by TMC leaders and ministers in running the institutions grew to unsustainable proportions.
a trouble broke out in
In his letter to the chancellor, VC of Burdwan expressed his dismay over the deteriorating academic atmosphere in the university. "I find with utter dismay that over the last several months, the general environment has become more and more inhospitable for an academic person to discharge the duty of a vice-chancellor," he said in his resignation letter.
Pal had expected things to shape up after the new coalition took over. "But it didn't. Instead it got worse with a number of committees formed without addressing the problems," the VC said. He also pointed at non-cooperation from certain quarters in the university as also from the higher education minister Bratya Basu. In fact, incidents of TMC ruffians entering the university and attacking students, officers, abusing teachers have become regular.
In Vidyasagar university , TMC leaders are forcing their fatwas to be followed. "I do not wish to continue as vice chancellor. I sent my papers in the first week of August to the chancellor. There has been no communication thereafter from the governor's house. I will no longer be able to continue in office due to personal reasons," said VC Nanda Dulal Paria.
an unprecedented move, the
government has decided to remove the existing members of the executive
of the Presidency university. The members of the Council are
impeccable record of academic excellence like Professors Amiya Bagchi
executive council was
nominated by the erstwhile Left Front government to carry forward the
activities of Presidency, which was given university status by the
recently. After coming to power, Mamata Banerjee constituted another
questions have been
raised about the decision. Firstly, the government has insulted senior
of the state and the country by removing them from the Council without
consulting them at any level. Secondly, it is also being said that the
academicians have been removed from the council, since they were
the Left Front government. This is nothing but TMC’s
vendetta politics. The members of the council
have the highest level of academic excellence. They were in the council
their own right and not because of any political affiliation. Thirdly,
members of the
What is at stake here is the prestige and academic future of Presidency university. The government in its narrow partisanship and short-sightedness is gambling with the future of the university and insulting senior intellectuals. This only shows the political intent of the government, which is averse to evolving a consensus on such important matters.