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Students protest to keep teacher

Siliguri, Sept. 25: North Bengal University history students have begun a campaign to stop a professor from leaving for another varsity because he is considered good and the department has only two teachers.

History students and PhD scholars in NBU submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor today after a signature campaign to stop Icchamuddin Sarkar from joining Gour Banga University in Malda.

Sarkar is expected to join the Malda varsity on September 28.

Sarkar had applied for the post of a professor at Gour Banga in 2009. He received his letter of appointment last week.

“We want Icchamuddin Sarkar to stay back at NBU. If he leaves, there will be no professor in the department because Anand Gopal Ghosh, the only other professor, will retire next year. This will be detrimental to our studies as Sarkar is a very good teacher and we have already done a lot of the syllabus with him. We do not want another teacher to teach us mid-way in the session,” a student of MA Part II said.

Sarkar, who has been teaching in NBU for 29 years, said: “It is overwhelming to know that the students want me at NBU. I will rethink the matter”.