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UGB in crisis without V-C

Statesman News Service |

MALDA, 13 JUNE: The University of Gour Banga (UGB) is facing uncertainty as the administration is virtually in a head-less state. The situation has taken a peculiar turn after the Vice Chancellor (V-C) Prof Achintya Biswas, who has been staying away from the office since 28 April, has strongly criticised the ruling Trinamul Congress as well as the state higher education department.
It is being largely presumed that Prof Biswas has virtually decided not to resume his duty and a few names are doing the rounds for appointment as the next V-C.
It may be mentioned that Prof Biswas stopped coming to work from 28 April and since then has not resumed his duties. Some University Council (UC) members raised questions whether the V-C, whose appointment was for just 18 months, can take such a prolonged leave and that also without a substitute.
Prof Biswas earlier said that he was undergoing eye treatment and his leave was sanctioned by the Governor and Chancellor from 6 May. He, however, did not make it clear as to when he would resume his office. It was also learnt that he recommended Prof Bikash Roy to act as his alternative during his absence. Prof Bikash Roy, today said: “I was verbally asked by Prof Biswas to look after his office during his absence. But how can I do that if I do not receive a written instruction in this regard from him or from the Chancellor?”
Prof Roy conceded that the UGB was reeling under uncertainty and stated that getting the statute passed is the only measure to solve the problem.
The auditor of the UGB, Mr Binay Haldar, who is the acting finance officer also, said: “Prof Biswas has left for Chennai for eye treatment. I have heard that he has got his leave authorised by the Chancellor. I also heard that Prof Roy is supposed to look after his office till the V-C returns.” sns