The state government on Wednesday clarified that it had not showcaused the principal of Jaipuria College and did not even want an explanation on why he had shut down the college for an indefinite period without consulting the governing body.
Higher education minister Bratya Basu said on the sidelines of the Presidency University convocation that the government had only sought principal Ashoke Mukhopadhyay’s opinion regarding the governing body’s proposal for his resignation.
“We have not sought any explanation from the principal. We have just asked for his opinion on the governing body’s proposal,” Basu said.
The minister had said on Wednesday that the principal had been showcaused for closing down the college without consulting the governing body.
“The government has now backtracked from asking the principal to showcause to avoid criticism,” said a source in the education department.
“The government does not want to give an impression that it wants to punish the principal as he had refused to admit students recommended by the students’ union and some Trinamul leaders,” the source said.
Members of the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad- controlled students’ union allegedly threatened and abused teachers of the college on Monday after they refused to admit around 40 students from the bottom of the merit list.
Trinamul Congress leader Shashi Panja, who had on Tuesday placed the proposal for the principal’s resignation, had also recommended at least 60 students for admission.