EDUCATION & CRIME: Hill college registration under scanner – and Bengal’s Education Ministry too preoccupied to care about what happens in Darjeeling ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Darjeeling, Aug. 31: Fifty-eight students of a year-old college here are staring at an uncertain future as the institution authorities have been unable to clear the air on its registration.
Mangal Priyaa Management and Engineering College, which was established on August 8, 2009, in a rented place on Lebong Cart Road, offers courses in BCA, BBA, hotel management and English honours.
According to the college prospectus, the institution “has been granted an autonomous status under the UGC Act (1964-65) and is supervised by Bangalore University and some of the course of the engineering department is supervised by Delhi University with an NOC i.e. joint venture of Pranath Institute of Management and Technology (Regd. No.S/IL/34754”.
Aditya Sharma, a second semester student of the BCA course, said: “We started suspecting the college’s claim after we got the admit card. It did not look like a proper admit card. Moreover, we did not get a proper marksheet and our marks were merely pasted on the notice board.”
When the students met college director Nishesh Jaishee on August 11, he reportedly left for Bangalore to get the registration documents. He is yet to return.
Arpan Sharma, co-ordinator of the college’s hotel management department, said Jaishee could not be contacted till date. “We are also in the dark. If the situation so demands I might have to shut down the college from tomorrow unless the director returns,” said Sharma. Jaishee could not be contacted on the mobile numbers provided by the college staff. Janam Rai, a resident of Ghoom, had filed an RTI application on August 13 seeking a clarification from the UGC on the status of the college.
“The reply I got states that the college is not recognised under Sec 2 (f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act 1956,” said Rai.
In protest some of the students also slept within the college campus for six nights starting from August 20.
College students now fear that they might have lost a year. “Where will we get admission at this time of the year? Even if we manage, we probably have to start the course afresh,” said another student.
According to the prospectus, a student has to pay Rs 15,850 per semester for a BCA course. The fees for other courses range from Rs 15,600 to Rs 20,300 per semester. The total amount a student has to pay for all the six semesters (three-year course) ranges between Rs 93,600 and Rs 1,21,800.
Tech boy arrested for assault
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, Aug. 31: The third-year student of Siliguri Government Polytechnic College, who allegedly assaulted his junior over a video shot of his girlfriend on the latter’s cellphone, was arrested from a private hostel here this morning.
Subham Bera, who is pursuing a course of electronic instrumentation technology, was produced before B. Khesang, the additional chief judicial magistrate of Siliguri, and was released on bail.
“Subham was booked under Sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and was granted bail by the court today,” his lawyer D. Roy said.
The college has constituted a fact-finding committee that is supposed to submit its report within seven days. According to polytechnic sources, both Arin Dutta, a second-year student and the victim, and Subham have been suspended from the institution for seven days. College principal Subrata Sarkar was not available for comment.
“All the second-year students have boycotted classes today and we will keep doing so until the college takes action against Subham. The first-year and third-year students attended classes as usual. The college is shut for Janmasthami tomorrow so we will meet the principal with our demand again on Thursday,” said Nurul Hassan, a second-year civil engineering student. Nurul was also assaulted allegedly by Shubham at his hostel in Aurobindopally on Sunday night.
Subham had allegedly assaulted Arin, a student of electronic telecommunications, at his hostel following which Arin was admitted to the Siliguri District Hospital. Arin had filed an FIR against Subham alleging physical and mental torture. He was discharged from the hospital today. Subham had denied the charges.