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TMC hardens stand, tells college union to stop attack on teachers

List of dos and don’ts also forbids outsiders from influencing matters on campus

kolkata Updated: Sep 11, 2013 11:17 IST
Ravik Bhattacharya
Ravik Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Students should not attack teachers. Nor should they do anything immoral towards them.

Trinamool Congress leaders have sent a rulebook to Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad units in all colleges and universities across Bengal, imparting basics taught to children at home, while admitting in the process that there was substance in the allegations that ruling party supporters had beaten up teachers and principals in a series of attacks across campuses in the state.

A list of dos and don’ts also includes stopping the practice of people outside the college influencing matters inside, making it mandatory for student leaders to take permission for political programmes and agitations.

Over the past two years, the state has been rocked by a series of incidents where student supporters of Trinamool Congress assaulted principals and teachers.

There have been many instances where Trinamool supporters attacked and injured principals and teachers after their members were caught cheating in examinations.

The rulebook drawn up by Trinamool Congress leaders is seen as a desperate measure to rein in student leaders who are regularly seen striking terror in different educational institutions across the state.

“What we see is the reaction, but we want to find out the cause while maintaining peace in colleges. Among the instructions are that there would be no external interference nor an agitation programme in colleges,” said Shonku Deb Panda, president of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad.

The guidelines state that all students and supporters of the Trinamool Congress should not attack teachers.

They should not do anything immoral and or hurt the feelings of teachers.

TMC also made it clear that if there is any problem inside a college, or, if a section of teachers are indulged in wrongdoing, a written complaint is to be sent to Trinamool Bhawan headquarters.

No student should take up matters in their own hand.

Students and student bodies should not take up any political or other programmes in colleges, universities or anywhere without prior permission from the state leadership.

The rule also bars strikes and blockades in colleges.

The student leaders and supporters have been told to be cautious about political conspiracy in colleges and universities, and should exercise restraint.

Student bodies have been told to provide information on any instigation or conspiracy by the government.

Recently, Mamata expressed her concern over the issue of teachers and principals being beaten up by students owing allegiance to the ruling party as well as the opposition.

First Published: Sep 11, 2013 11:13 IST