prof marjit advises the audience to constructively criticise the state government
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 1 October
Prof Sugata Marjit, who recently quit as the chairman of the state higher education council, today sternly criticised the media for indulging in ‘gossip’ about his resignation from the post. Prof Marjit reached Malda today to attend the inauguration of golden jubilee ceremony of Malda government teachers’ training college.
Prof Marjit soon after commencing his speech on ‘Paradigm of Higher Education: Challenges and Responses’ out of turn referred to the issue of his resignation as the chairman of the state higher education council. “I would like to inform the audience once again that I quit the post precisely because I am bogged down with my academic responsibilities as a teacher. I go abroad regularly and my job as a teacher was being hampered as the post of chairman of the higher education council demands greater involvement,” Prof Marjit said.
Attacking the media in the recent style of the ruling Trinamul leaders, Prof Marjit said: “Though I made it clear that there were not even the slightest differences of opinion between me and the state government, the media kept fabricating the issue. In their false report, they even quoted me wrongly.”
Referring to a report recently published in The Statesman on some allegations raised against him verbally and in writing Prof Marjit, without naming The Statesman, said: “A newspaper in a surprising report claimed that I defended the Vice-Chancellors of North Bengal University and Pundiari University. They should know that as the chairman of the higher education council, I was supposed to stand by the V-Cs.” He hinted that during the tenure of the former state government the appointment of the V-Cs and the deans of the varsities used to be influenced by the ruling parties. “We have brought transparency in the higher education by forming search committees for V-Cs and deans. Previously, the appointment of the varsity and college teachers used to be predetermined. We ensured at least 80 per cent transparencies in those cases,” he said.
He conceded that being political figures the Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee and education minister Mr Bratya Basu had to negotiate on the implementation of new education policies. “They should however go with the new policies on education,” he suggested.
Prof Marjit advised the audience to constructively criticise the state government instead of the panel discussion on electronic media.
Tourism minister Mr Krishenendu Choudhury, academician Prof Pradyot Ghosh, SP, Malda, Mr Kalyan Mukherjee, acting Vice-Chancellor of University of Gour Banga Prof SS Bairagya and Prof Shaktipada Patra explained the importance of teachers’ training in class-room teaching.
The Principal of the college, Prof Sumanta Chattaraj, said the college had several other programmes on the cards to celebrate the golden jubilee year.