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Teacher alleges cut-off fix

Calcutta University has not investigated because of lack of evidence a complaint lodged by a Manindra Chandra College teacher against the institution’s teacher-in-charge accusing him of lower cut-off marks to admit below-par students.

Sunita Chattaraj, the head of the Hindi department at the Shyambazar college, had alleged that teacher-in-charge Bibekananda Raychaudhury had tampered with a resolution adopted at the meeting of the “academic staff college” to set cut-off marks for undergraduate admission and lowered the cut-off for Hindi.

The “staff college”, comprising the heads of the departments, had met in June to fix the minimum qualifying marks for undergraduate admission, which started in the first week of July.

Chattaraj lodged the complaint with the administrator of the college, Debashish Biswas, who is also the university’s inspector of colleges, on July 19.

A university official said on Friday: “Chattaraj did not submit any documentary evidence with the complaint. Therefore we did not proceed with inquiry,”

“It was decided at the academic staff college meeting that the cut-off for Hindi honours would be 55 per cent marks in the subject. But later, the cut-off was set at 50 per cent. When I asked the teacher-in-charge about the change, he refused to give any explanation,” said Chattaraj.

“The bar was lowered so that the teacher-in-charge could admit below-par students, exceeding the number of seats,” she added.

“It had been decided at the meeting that the cut-off set last year would be followed. In 2011, the cut-off was 50 per cent in Hindi,” said teacher-in-charge Raychaudhury.

The teacher said she could produce a letter she wrote proposing that the cut-off be set at 55 per cent but did not have access to the resolution of the meeting.

There have been several complaints of excess admission in city colleges this year.