A day after announcing his resignation as chairman of the Purnidevi Chowdhury Mahila Mahavidyalaya governing former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee garnered support from Trinamool Congress MP Shatabdi Roy over the issue of qualifying 25 undergraduate students who had been disqualified.
At Suri, Trinamool Congress’s Birbhum MP Roy said on Tuesday, “I don’t know the exact reason for his resignation but if it is for his stand against college authorities allowing disqualified students to appear in the examination, he has taken the right decision. There is no justification for declaring students who have failed to secure pass marks as qualified. This is unethical.”
“This kind of attitude in education institutes harms the quality of our education system,” she said, adding that there should be an inquiry to find out those who had allegedly pressured college authorities to qualify the students.
The Purnidevi Chowdhury Mahila Mahavidyalayay was, ironically, the brainchild of Chatterjee, who was the primer mover behind setting up this women’s college, the only one of its kind in the district, affiliated to Burdwan University. “I had asked college authorities not to qualify them. Not only is it illegal, it also compromises the quality of education,” Chatterjee said.
However, without consulting or informing the former Lok Sabha speaker, college authorities went ahead and qualified all 26 flunked students. The students of Purnidebi Chowdhury Mahila Mahavidyalaya are merely following a growing trend in Bengal.
From December 2012 to March 2013, Trinamool Chattra Parishad members demonstrated in front of and gheraoed dozens of schools and college across the state, demanding those students who were disqualified from appearing for board and university exams are qualified.
“The principal informed me that the members of the student wing of the ruling party put pressure on the college to qualify all those students. I could not agree to the decision as it compromises the quality of education and lowers the college’s prestige. I have sent my resignation letter to them,” Chatterjee said.