EDUCATION: Admission worry ends for students – due to no colleges in the Hills ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, June 24: The withdrawal of the indefinite strike has removed the cloud of uncertainty over the counselling of hill students seeking admission to colleges in the plains.
Absence from counselling, after a name appears on the merit list, is construed as the student’s disinterest in the course and a second candidate may be considered.
A lot of students, who had applied for admission to colleges outside the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, were not sure whether they would be able to make it to the counselling.
“It’s a relief that the strike has been called off because the counselling of my college is scheduled for June 29. When the Morcha had declared yesterday that the shutdown would resume from June 25 and this time it would be more severe, I was wondering whether I would be able to make it,” said a girl from Mirik seeking admission to Siliguri Women’s College.
Five students from Kurseong who have applied in Siliguri College rented a flat in Shivmandir when the strike was announced. “We came down as soon as the strike was announced and have been staying here since Friday. We didn’t want to take any risk. We are waiting for the college to publish its second list,” one of the girls in the group said.
While Bagdogra College has completed its admission process, Siliguri College has published its first merit list and started the counselling sessions on June 22. Siliguri Women’s College published its list yesterday and the counselling is scheduled for June 29. Gyanjyoti College published its first list three days ago and the second list will be out tomorrow. As for Siliguri College of Commerce, its merit list was out today and counselling scheduled for June 28.
With public transport off the roads during the bandh, students had to shell out extra money to hire cars to reach Siliguri. “My entrance exam for Jadavpur University in Calcutta is scheduled for June 23. I had approached the Morcha leadership and they issued me a pass to Siliguri. But the hired car charged us Rs 2,000 for a ride to New Jalpaiguri station. We had no option but to pay,” a girl from Kalimpong had said before leaving for Calcutta on Monday. At other times, the ride costs anything between Rs 60 and Rs 120 for each person.
College authorities said they could sense the students’ concern. “We had published our first list when the strike was still on and a lot of students who could not come down had called us to enquire if they had qualified,” said a representative of Gyanjyoti College.
CPM ire at VC – hills silent ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, June 24: The Darjeeling district CPM today accused the North Bengal University vice-chancellor of working on behalf of the Trinamul Congress and inviting tension.
The CPM diatribe against Arunabha Basumajumdar comes a day after members of the NBU’s Executive Council were confined to the administrative building till 10pm allegedly by Trinamul supporters.
Trinamul had protested the EC’s disapproval of a resolution, which the vice-chancellor had forwarded to it to ratify his decision to suspend registrar Dilip Sarkar.
“The resolution was disapproved by four, while supported by two EC members. The remaining seven refrained from voting,” said Shankar Ghosh, the district DYFI secretary and an EC member. “Immediately, several Trinamul supporters entered the meeting room, threatening us for disapproving it. We asked the vice-chancellor to take the administration’s help to disperse the unruly outsiders, but he kept mum. This indicates that he is working in a biased manner.”
Asok Bhattacharya, the urban development minister, alleged that Basumajumdar was inviting tension. “We have informed the chief minister and will inform the governor, who is the chancellor. Why is the VC inviting tension and not taking steps against the members of the political party?” he said.
Trinamul, however, accused the CPM leaders of trying to shield Sarkar. “The CPM is desperately shielding the registrar. The allegation of threat and using abusive language against us are baseless,” said Gautam Deb, the Darjeeling district Trinamul president.