Siliguri, Oct. 5: Governor M.K. Narayanan today said he was “deeply pained” by the recent conflicts that had affected the functioning of North Bengal University, referring to a dispute between the vice-chancellor and teaching and non-teaching employees two years ago.
“I am aware that the varsity went through a lot of problems in recent years. I was deeply pained. It is my earnest desire that all (of that is) left behind us now,” Narayanan told students and teachers at the university’s 44th convocation.
According to sources, a dispute had cropped up in January 2011 between the then vice-chancellor, Arunabha Basu Majumdar, and some teachers and non-teaching staff over issues of promotion and retirement benefits.
The university witnessed a string of protests as staff and teachers demanded Basu Majumdar’s removal.
The stalemate ended with the vice-chancellor’s term in March 2012.