EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION PROBLEMS: Registrar joins duty, VC resents presence

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION PROBLEMS:  Registrar joins duty, VC resents presence – system marred by infighting, education objective forgotten, students and teachers, all to suffer ?!!

NBU entrance gate - a seat of ethical learning or an extension of Bengal's culture of egotistical corruption ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Sept.6: North Bengal University registrar Dilip Sarkar joined office today, but he was soon told by the vice-chancellor through a letter that he could not resume duty in the absence of a specific order from the high court.

According to varsity sources, Sarkar had, through his lawyer, intimated VC Arunabha Basumajumdar about his resumption of duty this morning. Right after the letter had reached the VC, Sarkar arrived at the varsity around 10.50am and remained in his office till 3.30pm.

Basumajumdar had suspended Sarkar on March 30 for allegedly misappropriating funds from the confidential accounts while holding the post of varsity’s controller of examination from 2000 to 2007. In Sarkar’s absence, Swapan Kumar Rakshit was discharging the registrar’s duties.

On May 13, Justice Anniruddha Bose of Calcutta High Court stayed the suspension of Sarkar and he joined office on May 17. However, the high court ordered Sarkar to go on leave while hearing a petition filed by the VC on May 20.

His leave was extended till September 3 by a single bench of the high court on August 13.

“The registrar has resumed his duties on September 6 because in the earlier order passed by the honourable court required him to remain on leave till September 3 which has not been extended by his Lordship for any further period,” read the letter addressed to the VC.

“The last hearing of the case was on September 2. The lawyer representing the VC did not appeal for an extension of my leave and the court has not mentioned anything regarding my leave either. That is why I joined office today,” Sarkar said while sitting in his office.

The VC said: “A division bench of Calcutta High Court had on June 24 ordered the registrar to go on leave. The writ petition is still pending and has not been disposed of. I have not allowed him to join duty today. Rakshit shall discharge duties of the registrar till the next hearing on September 23.”

Sarkar said he would consult his lawyer regarding the VC’s order.

Cheat slur on tech students – a natural fallout of a corrupt system, slowly being routed out ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, Sept. 6: The principal of Jalpaiguri Government Polytechnic today filed an FIR against four first-year students for allegedly cheating the institution and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEE) through fake identities.

Sources said Raman Kumar, Kundan Kumar, Kailash Kumar and Anil Kumar — all residents of Bihar — had taken admission to the college in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering courses in August. The four claimed that they had cleared the entrance exam which they had reportedly appeared from a centre at Santragachi in Howrah district in May.

“After admission, all of them gave a local address. However, the principal during the scrutiny of the students’ admit cards noticed anomalies in their photographs and sought detail information from the state technical education department about the quartet,” said a college source. After the details reached the principal on September 3, he was surprised to see that the pictures of candidates who had appeared in the WBJEE and those who are studying in his institution were different.

“He summoned the boys and asked them to prove their genuineness. It was found that the admit cards containing the students’ pictures had been fabricated,” said an official at the college. “Understanding that they have been caught, the students fled the campus and could not be seen since then.”

Today, principal Subhasish Mukherjee filed a complaint with Kotwali police and submitted eight passport-sized photos which bear the testimony that somebody else had appeared in the exams to facilitate the admissions of the four students.

The police have started an investigation.

Tapan Kumar Singha, a resident of Mashkalaibari of Jalpaiguri town, denied knowing the four students. The students had named Singha as their local guardian.

“I run a boarding where several engineering students stay. But none of these four students stay at the facility. I have no clue how they got my name and address,” said Singha.

Some boarders also said the four students were not staying at the private hostel.

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