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Official showcaused in BEd scam

Aug. 6: Kalyani University today served a showcause notice on its controller of examinations, who a government probe committee suspects was involved in the cash-for-seats scam at Nadia’s Bhaktabala BEd College.

Bimalendu Biswas has been told to submit his reply within two weeks and go on leave from tomorrow till further notice.

At a meeting of Kalyani University’s highest decision-making body, the executive council, two days ago, vice-chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo had said he was seeking legal opinion on possible action against Biswas.

Biswas has been named as a “suspect” in the probe report, drawn up by Jadavpur University interim vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti.

Hangloo received the legal opinion yesterday and today, he held meetings with senior varsity officials before issuing the showcause notice.

Kalyani University has instructed Parthasarathi De, an associate professor of sociology, to officiate as the controller of exams till further orders. De took charge late this afternoon.

Hangloo told The Telegraph: “The state government-conducted investigation indicates that Bimalendu Biswas was involved in irregularities in admission of students to Bhaktabala BEd College. The university has asked him to explain why the allegation was made against him.”

Biswas said: “I performed my job as controller of examinations in a transparent manner and will send my reply in due time.”

Thirty-two students of Bhaktabala BEd College had alleged that they had paid a Trinamul student union leader to secure admissions beyond the sanctioned strength. The leader, Tanmay Acharya, has been suspended by the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad.

A university official said that in the showcause letter, signed by registrar Prasenjit Deb, three charges had been brought against Biswas.

The official said only one charge was specific to the Bhaktabala BEd College scam. The other two have been levelled by the university on the basis of an internal probe.

“The second charge is that Biswas flouted the university BEd admission committee’s unanimous resolution of recommending varsity-monitored centralised counselling and admission of students in the 2014-15 academic session. Biswas allegedly allowed the colleges to admit students on their own, leaving scope for corruption,” a Kalyani University official said.

The third charge against Biswas is that he changed the panel of examiners to check undergraduate botany papers. The panel had been set up on the basis of recommendations by the university’s board of studies for undergraduate students earlier this year.

TMCP state president Shanku Deb Panda today said Kalyani University’s decision had proved that a section of the varsity’s administration was “involved in the scam”.

According to a senior varsity official, associate professor Prabir Pramanik and assistant professor Santinath Sarkar were also showcaused today on the basis of complaints submitted to Hangloo in June by the 32 students of Bhaktabala BEd College.