The Trinamul Congress-dominated governing body of Jaipuria College on Tuesday resolved to seek the principal’s resignation and accused him of failing to conduct admissions smoothly.
The decision came a day after student supporters of the party abused and threatened teachers of the college because they had refused to admit candidates recommended by them and education minister Bratya Basu called for firm handling of the situation by the principal “if such an incident has taken place”.
The governing body’s resolution was proposed by local Trinamul councillor Shashi Panja, who is a government-nominated member and supported by six members.
Principal Ashoke Mukhopadhyay, who also attended the meeting, requested the governing body to record his note of dissent.
The governing body has six more members, who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. According to sources, the governing body has decided to refer the matter to the higher education department.
A Calcutta University official said a college governing body could not ask a principal to step down.
“The governing body should have informed the university before taking such a step,” said the official.
Teachers of the college demonstrated for over four hours outside the principal’s chamber on Tuesday, demanding action against supporters of the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad who had threatened and abused them on Monday for refusing to admit students without considering the merit list.
The Trinamul-run students’ union has allegedly been demanding that the college admit nearly 40 students from the bottom of the merit list.