"State of education in West Bengal alarming," Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar


West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) proposal of making Chief Minister the Chancellor of state universities is meant to divert attention from (SSC) recruitment scam. He warned that the education is in alarming state in West Bengal. 

“State of education in West Bengal is alarming. 25 Vice Chancellors were appointed against law. I will examine whether the role of Governor can be curtailed. These are tactics to divert attention from what is happening in (SSC) recruitment scam,” said the Governor. 

The TMC came under fire after the Mamata Banerjee – led state cabinet proposed to replace governor with the Chief Minister as the chancellor of state varsities. 

Notably, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is the Chancellor is currently the chancellor of the state-run universities.

Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subhas Sarkar accused the state government of corruption by bringing such law. Lok Sabha MP Sarakar said, “This decision has been taken by the TMC government without any precedent. There is no such practice in any state. Every governor has become a chancellor only by the State University Act. They have found a new way to do corruption by changing the Act.” 

“TMC should understand that she (Mamata Banerjee) is not the permanent Chief Minister in West Bengal. In the state, there should be a guardian of the education sector who is above politics. Therefore, the governor has been made its chancellor. If any problem occurs on behalf of the chancellor, then one can comment whether it is right or wrong,” he said.

BJP leader added, “This move by the West Bengal government paves a way to bring corruption in West Bengal. Mamata will be able to make any appointment in any state-run university according to her own.”

Last week, West Bengal government proposed that the chancellor of all state-run universities will be Chief Minister instead of the governor. The ruling party has decided to take the matter to the state assembly for the amendment. 

“Today we have taken a decision that all state-run universities will have the Chief Minister – and not Governor – as the Chancellor. This will be taken to the Assembly for the Act to be amended,” said West Bengal Minister Bratya Basu.


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