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Tough options on NBU BEd table

Raiganj, Jan. 25: The assault on a visiting university team may cost some BEd students a year and a college its affiliation.

However, the final decision will be taken on January 29 at a meeting of university officials and the undergraduate council.

A group of students of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad BEd College in Itahar, 20 km from here, beat up members of a team from North Bengal University (NBU) on January 22 because the visiting teachers had asked them not to resort to unfair means during the exam. Phani Mondal, the principal of Raiganj College, who was heading the NBU team, was injured by a stone hurled by students. The next day the team had submitted a report to NBU vice-chancellor P.K. Saha.

Mondal had blamed the college authorities for the chaos on campus. Apparently, the authorities had not been cooperative and had made the visiting team wait for 35 minutes before allowing them in. Not only that, the authorities did not intervene when the examinees demanded “extra time” to finish their papers.

Based on reports filed by the visiting teachers and the deputy-controller of exams, the university is mulling cancelling the affiliation of the college as well as the examination (see below ).

Either way, the decision will affect 98 students, who appeared for their BEd examinations from the Itahar college.

Controller of examinations Dilip Sarkar said: “The under graduate council is the appropriate authority to take a decision on this issue.”

Today, both Saha and Sarkar reviewed two reports — one sent by Mondal on Tuesday and the other submitted by deputy controller of examinations Debasish Dutta who visited the college yesterday — in the presence of senior officials of the university.

Saha has taken serious exception to the “indifference” shown by Santosh Kumar Saha, the teacher-in-charge of the BEd college. The vice-chancellor had called him up during the day and asked him for a report within afternoon, which failed to arrive.

Asked why he did not submit the report, the teacher-in-charge of the BEd college refused to comment.

Civil defence minister and president of the managing committee of the college Srikumar Mukherjee said: “I want an inquiry and punishment for the guilty, but the innocent should be spared.”

What if...

...a paper is cancelled:

A re-examination may take place in the same academic year

The examination, if the university so instructs, can be held in the next year too

The students have to appear for all the papers in both cases, that is if the exams take place in the same year or the next

...the affiliation of the college is cancelled:

The college will no longer remain under the university (here the NBU)

It will, however, retain the National Council of Teachers’ Education registration

It can approach other universities for affiliation, if it wants to

After a year, the society that had set up the college (in case of private institutes), can register itself under another name and approach the same university for affiliation once more

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