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Varsity to probe result charge

Students at the entrance to the Gourbanga University in Malda

Raiganj: Authorities of the Gourbanga University in Malda have formed a seven-member committee to probe into the allegations by undergraduate students that there were gross anomalies in their results and the answer scripts were not checked in a proper manner.

Also, to prevent the rampant entry of UG students into the administrative block of the varsity, the authorities held a meeting on Thursday and decided that any UG student, who needs the varsity's intervention on any issue, would have to come through his college.

Swagata Sen, the new vice-chancellor of Gourbanga, had convened the meeting where heads of all 25 colleges which are under the varsity, were called. Representatives of 23 colleges were present at the meeting.

On November 29, results of UG courses were published at Gourbanga. As students got their mark sheets, they found that there were several anomalies. While some of them have scored zero in some subjects, some have been shown absent despite appearing in exams. Also, there were some students who were allotted marks in subjects which they didn't study.

This led to disappointment among the students, who demanded that their answer scripts be rechecked and fresh results be handed declared.

Sen, who assumed office on December 1, intervened and convened a meeting on December 6 to discuss the issue. However, before the meeting could be held, a group of students reached the varsity on December 5.

They started demonstration and later resorted to ransacking and even blocked NH34 that is close to the varsity building.

On Wednesday, the VC held a meeting where the seven-member committee was formed.

"The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days. It can maximum take three more days to finish the inquiry. The members will look into the tabulation sheets and would corroborate those with the mark sheets. Once they submit the report, further steps in this regard would be taken," said a source at the varsity.

Among those who are members of the committee are principals of two colleges, the inspector of colleges and the controller of examinations.

On Thursday, it was decided that if any student had any problem with regard to his or her result, he would have to approach the college.

"The college authorities will try to resolve the issue and in case they feel that the varsity needs to intervene, they will forward it. This practice would help maintain law and order at the varsity. Also, the college students will not have to walk up here to the varsity for every issue," said the source.

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