By Our Correspondent
AGARTALA | April 17, 2018
In an unexpected move, former Vice Chancellor of Tripura University Professor Arunoday Saha today joined a protest demonstration in front of the varsity administrative block to protest against TU administration under Vice Chancellor Anjan Kumar Ghosh.
The ex Vice Chancellor held his ground for over two hours and protested against the TU decision to withhold results of forty-six B.Sc. nursing students who were admitted in Triupurasundari College of Nursing, a private nursing institute at Khayerpur area here. The college is run by a trust based in South India.
Speaking to this correspondent, Ex Vice Chancellor Professor Saha said that the University administration has gone to the extent of deciding to challenge an order of the Tripura High Court pertaining to examination and result announcement of students studying at Tripurasundari College of Nursing.
The order issued on Feb 09 this year ordered the University to announce results of annual exams conducted last year. TU authorities, in a recent executive council meeting, decided to challenge the order at the Supreme Court of India.
The state currently has four nursing colleges – Indian Nursing School, Tripura Nursing College, Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences (TIPS) and Tripurasundari College of Nursing. Tripura Central University, which denied affiliation to the latter in 2015, also withheld results of annual examinations announced on April 10.
The nursing institute illegally admitted students last year though they were barred from affiliation by the university.
However, former Vice Chancellor Professor Arunoday Saha today joined the protest in front of the varsity’s administrative building this afternoon. The agitation, which started at 11:30 this morning, was withdrawn later at 4 PM with assurance from state education minister Ratan Lal Nath. Nath was asked to rush to the university with health director JK Debbarma by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb after news of the impasse reached him.
Registrar Sanit Debroy, who joined the discussions on behalf of the university, alongwith Controller of Examinations Dr. Kashinath Jena, Director of the College Development Council (CDC) Sobha Debbarma and others, said state education minister Ratan Lal Nath has requested the university to review the situation and “protect interests of the students”.
The minister’s “request” would be taken up at the next meeting of the University’s Executive Council – apex policy making body of the institution. A previous EC resolution decided to challenge the High Court verdict and appeal for review with the Supreme Court of India.
Former VC Arunoday Saha today slammed the TU administration and said both Vice Chancellor Anjan Kumar Ghosh and Pro Vice Chancellor Anjan Mukherjee were out of town without anyone to represent the topmost echelons of the administration.