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Colleges not for violence: Governor

Burdwan, Nov. 29: Governor M.K. Narayanan today said campus violence was not expected from students of universities and colleges in the state.

The governor, while addressing the convocation of Burdwan University, pointed out that there have been cases of manhandling of principals and teachers in educational institutions.

“I make this remark since the behaviour of students in quite a few colleges in the state do not measure up to what is expected of a college or university student. Some had even committed the cardinal sin of manhandling the teachers and principals. Nothing can demean a college or university more than such behaviour. It is obvious therefore that in many institutions discipline is relaxed. Professors and teachers are unable or unwilling to control the troublemakers,” the governor said.

Narayanan asked vice-chancellors to stress on internal discipline while presenting reports at convocations. “This is as important as mentioning the various research projects and the other achievements of the universities,” he added.

The teacher in charge of Raiganj College in North Dinajpur, Dilip De Sarkar, was dragged by his collar and beaten by a section of students on January 4 this year. A week later, the principal of Rampurhat College in Birbhum, Shibashis Banerjee, fell unconscious when gheraoed by students.

The governor is known for not mincing words while commenting on campus violence.

After the attacks on the institutional heads at Raiganj and Rampurhat, he had said: “Stern action should be taken to curb campus violence and attacks on teachers and principals. Our teachers and principals are important persons of our society. Students should respect them,” Narayanan had said on January 11, on the sidelines of a meeting in Calcutta.