Chanchal College in Malda. Picture by Surajit Roy
Malda, Dec. 24: Gour Banga University has decided not to register 629 students who had taken admission to honours courses in Chanchal College earlier this year as the institution had admitted far more students than the number of seats prescribed under norms.
The registrar of the university, Apurba Ghosh, said the Chanchal College authorities had admitted 249 students more than the prescribed seats of 380 for eight honours courses. “Before the admission process began in July, all the colleges under us were told not to admit a single student more than the prescribed limit. All the colleges affiliated to our university followed the instruction, Chanchal College being the only exception,” Ghosh said. All the 629 students are supposed to appear for their Part I exams early next year.
Ghosh said soon after the admission process was over and it was found that the college, 65km from here, had admitted students beyond its quota, a showcause notice was sent to the authorities. “We did not receive any reply from them and at our university council meeting on December 16, we decided not to give any registration to a single first-year student of Chanchal College,” the registrar said.
He said this was not the first time that the institution had given the university a hard time. In September this year, the English question paper for BSc Part I examination was leaked in the college and the test had to be cancelled and new question papers set for a later date.
College principal Anita Chakrabarty said the authorities had to face tremendous pressure from the local people to take in more students during admission. “We had informed the university about this and had also requested them to register all the students who had been granted admission this year. However, they did not pay heed to our request,” she said.
Sources in the university said for subjects like history, political science, Arabic, Sanskrit and philosophy where the number of seats was 30 each, the college had allowed double the number of students to get admitted. In Bengali and English, where the maximum number of seats is 75, the college had admitted 125 and 112 students respectively.
“We, however, can consider if the college takes these students into the pass courses, but we will not allow them to study in the honours courses,” the registrar said.
The decision of the university has come as a blow to the students. The secretary of the Chanchal subdivision’s Chhatra Parishad, Iqbal Alam, said the union would launch a district-wide movement against the university. “We are in power in the college union and that is why the registration of the students are being held up. The admission had taken place in July and it took the university such a long time to wake up. They have no right to spoil the future of the students,” Alam said.
The SFI district secretary, Joy Chakrabarty, was also critical of the university’s decision. “We are worried about the future of the students. All this happened because of the callousness of the Chanchal College authorities,” he said.
This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place in the state. Earlier this month, the Barasat-based West Bengal State University had refused to issue registration certificates to nearly 52 additional students admitted by the Sree Chaitanya College in Habra, North 24-Parganas. On December 17, the principal of the Habra college, Indramahal Mondal, who suffers from a cardiac condition, collapsed and had to be hospitalised after being gheraoed by the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad supporters for nearly 12 hours over the issue.
However, on December 21, Calcutta High Court directed the university to allow 37 students of Sree Chaitanya College to appear for their pre-final test for next year’s BA, BSc and BCom Part I examinations in January. It also instructed the college to take all steps so that rest of the students, including the 37 petitioners, could be registered with the university.
Justice Aniruddha Basu had observed: “It is a question about the future of the students. The court cannot sit idle. The college should take all possible measures so that the students do not lose a year.”