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Monitoring blame on Kalyani varsity

Calcutta, July 24: Education minister Partha Chatterjee today said there was “lack of monitoring” by Kalyani University of the admission process at a BEd college where cash-for-seats allegations had surfaced.

The minister’s comments come days after Jadavpur University interim vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti, who was tasked to probe the cash-for-seats allegations at Bhaktabala College, gave a clean chit to Trinamul student leader Tanmay Acharya.

Acharya, the general secretary of the varsity union led by the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad, had been accused of taking money from students to facilitate admissions beyond the sanctioned strength of 100.

“The report of our probe committee has been submitted. After going through it, our preliminary observation is that there was lack of monitoring on the part of Kalyani University,” Chatterjee said.

Kalyani University vice-chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo said the admissions had taken place in July 2013, when he was yet to join office. “I assumed charge in November 2013. I am not responsible for those admissions. In July last year, my predecessor Dilip Mohanta was the interim vice-chancellor.”

Mohanta, a professor of philosophy at Calcutta University, said he had not received any complaint regarding illegal admissions.

Kalyani University has dissolved its six-member probe committee after the government panel gave Acharya the clean chit.

Asked about Acharya, Chatterjee today said: “If any teacher, official or student is found involved, suitable action would be taken.”

State TMCP president Shanku Deb Panda said the education minister’s “comments are correct”.

Apart from Acharya, a section of the students has in their complaints to Hangloo named college co-owner Amar Biswas and the varsity controller of examinations.