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College stops form sale after ruckus

Raiganj, June 15: Raiganj College, which halted undergraduate admissions after a ruckus on the campus yesterday, will issue forms from tomorrow following the North Dinajpur district administration’s assurance of police presence on the premises.

When the admission season started, principal Shatrughan Singh said students who have scored 65 per cent in humanities and 75 per cent in science subject would be admitted if they submitted an attested copy of their marksheets. He said such students would not need to fill admission forms — a move the North Bengal University objected to today.

Generally, students fill forms and submit their marksheets with it. The college then releases a merit list according to the number of seats it can offer for each course.

Today, some guardians, whose wards had the requisite marks, were made to fill admission forms at the college counter. When they found out about the no-form rule, they confronted Singh, who said he would sort out the matter for them.

Singh said he told them he would take the mark sheets and “admit the students”.

Singh alleged that while he was speaking to the parents, some senior students and “outsiders” tried to barge into his office and create a commotion. “Teachers pushed them out of my chamber and locked the door. But the outsiders started kicking the door. It was a scary situation. After that, I put up a notice saying forms wouldn’t be given till further notice.”

Priyanka Singh, who had come to Raiganj from Malda, 75km away, had to return empty-handed. “I wanted to study either zoology or botany at a college under the North Bengal University (NBU) and that is why I had come to Raiganj. I waited the whole day but no forms were given. The whole day was wasted.”

The secretary of the undergraduate council of NBU said there was no rule that allowed admission without filling of forms. “All applicants have to fill up forms and admission is given according to merit,” Nupur Das said.

Singh said: “We sought police protection apprehending trouble during the admission season. On June 7, some of the non-teaching staff entered my chamber and beat me up. Although there have been repeated instances of troubles on the campus, the police chief has been indifferent.”

The teachers have decided to distribute forms from tomorrow after a meeting with district magistrate P.N. Bhutia today.

Nabeyendu Ghosh, a former cultural secretary of the Chhatra Parishad, who was present during the commotion, said: “We heard a commotion at the principal’s chamber and went to the room where some persons were arguing with sir. We tried to calm them down and settle the matter. If the principal means that we caused the commotion, it is not true,” he said.