Uc members in the dark, sit-in demonstration enters third day
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE

Malda, 4 September
The hurry of the University of Gour Banga&’s (UGB&’s) Vice-Chancellor Prof Achintya Biswas in holding interviews for appointment of 14 group-D employees have again raised questions in different circles.
While the University Council (UC) members claim that they are completely in dark about such ‘unauthorised recruitment process,’ the Tourism Minister Mr Krishnendu Choudhury also believes that Prof Biswas has taken an ‘unconstitutional’ decision.
Meanwhile the sit-in demonstration of the Gour Banga University Teachers’ Association (GBUTA) entered the third day today.
It has been learnt that V-C Prof Biswas has allegedly, without any approval from the UC, himself fixed up the date for recruitment of 14 group-D employees. The interview is scheduled to be held in Rajarhaat campus of the varsity from 9 to 12 September. The acting registrar, Prof Shyamsundar Bairagya, has already issued interview letters to 3,500 applicants.
Such ‘whimsical’ decision of Prof Biswas has irked the UC members. Prof Dulal Ghosh, a senior UC member, said: “The V-C has no right to hold such interviews. He must obtain permission from the UC before holding the interview for recruitment. Prof Biswas has reduced the UC to insignificance displaying his autocracy. We have already opposed the interview and sent an objection to the state higher education department.”
“Prof Biswas has not been attending his office in Malda citing the excuse of ill health. We wonder how a sick V-C would hold interview of 3,500 applicants! He has no moral right to do so. Moreover, why would the applicants be asked to attend interview in Kolkata? We just do not understand why the state government does not remove the unruly V-C at once,” Prof Ghosh said.
Tourism Minister Mr Choudhury also said: “Prof Biswas has violated all rules and regulations. He has been playing with the future of the UGB. We are stupefied by the V-C&’s sole decision of holding the interview of 3,500 candidates in Kolkata. I have already drawn the attention of the Education Minister Bratya Basu in this regard.”
It has been learnt that there are 49 vacant posts for non-teaching employees in UGB. Presently, there are 27 non-teaching employees in UGB. The interview for 14 posts would be held in Kolkata.
It has been learnt that the V-C alone has formed a six-member panel for the interview. But the UC members are in the dark about the panel members too. Prof Biswas was not available on phone for his reaction.
The acting registrar, Prof Bairagya, conceded that interview letters were issued to the applicants as per the V-C&’s order. "The interview would be held in Kolkata from 9 to 12 September”,
he said.
Meanwhile, GBUTA members continued their sit-in demonstration demanding the solution of crisis of the UGB. GBUTA president Prof Sauren Banerjee fell sick last night and was rushed to Malda Medical College Hospital. He was released after primary treatment.
The GBUTA joint secretary, Prof Sadhan Saha, said that the movement would continue till the authorities assure them to solve their 10-point demands.