KOLKATA, 13 JUNE: The History department of Presidency University seems to have been eclipsed with ill fate as a scholar of Cambridge University who was supposed to join the department as a faculty has recently changed his mind refusing to join.
Mr Rohan Deb Roy (in file photo) has written to the university informing that he would not be joining for some “personal reasons”. Since, this coincides with the recent termination of Professor Benjamin Zachariah which triggered a lot of controversy regarding the functioning of the History department many find a link between the two.
“We have received the letter which confirms that he is not joining the university for some personal reasons. I don’t know whether it has any connection with what happened recently in the department,” said an official of the university.
Mr Deb Roy, who completed his Masters in History from erstwhile Presidency College in 2004 is at present a research staff of the department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. He was selected for the post of assistant professor of History department. Presidency, on its way of exploring various inter-disciplinary studies, was very hopeful about this recruitment as he works with history and philosophy of science, a department which Presidency also wants to start.
The History department of Presidency University was much talked about last week as the university authorities terminated Prof Zachariah for his misconduct and in turn Zachariah brought charges of tampering the question papers of university examinations.
While these coincidences regarding the History department of the university send a negative message, the university authorities too will have to look for new recruitment. “Initially the scenario was really hopeful as many young research scholars expressed interest to come back to the state and join Presidency. Since, Presidency is aiming to attain international standard, such recruitment would have been very helpful. But one must look into the fact that a person who applied, got selected and decided to join, finally changed his mind, whatever the reasons,” said a teacher. The authorities said: “We have an alternative who is no less qualified than Mr Deb Roy. Hence, it will not be of much problem for us.”