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Varsity law in final leg

Gour Banga University in Malda. File picture

Malda, Feb. 10: The Gour Banga University is giving final touches to the institution’s statute, which is mandatory for availing itself of financial help from the University Grants Commission.

Gopal Chandra Mishra, the vice-chancellor, said the 112-page document would be submitted to the state higher education department on March 3 for approval.

“An 11-member committee had been formed to draw up the statute. The committee will meet again in Calcutta by the end of this month to finalise the rules that will govern the functioning of the university. The governor, who is our chancellor, has granted permission for the executive committee to meet on March 1 to ratify the statute and send it to the state higher education department for final approval,” said Mishra.

Sources said once the statute was approved, the university could apply for financial help from the UGC.

The VC said the Gour Banga University was set up in Malda on February 18, 2008. “Eleven degree colleges are affiliated to the university that is now offering 18 post-graduate courses. We have a shortage of teachers. Although there are 96 sanctioned posts of teachers, only 56 of them are filled up. We also have administrative problems because of the nine administrative posts, four are vacant and the rest are filled on a temporary basis. The registrar, the controller of examinations, audit officer, librarian and security officer are all temporary appointees,” said Mishra.

Shyam Sunder Bairagya, the temporary registrar, said steps were being taken to fill up the vacant posts and appoint permanent officials.

“We are going to advertise in newspapers to fill up the vacant posts soon.”