The West Bengal authorities has the best regard for the governor and it’s in “no temper to have interaction in tiffs with him” amid the coronavirus disaster, state Schooling Minister Partha Chatterjee mentioned on Thursday.
The remarks come hours after Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar claimed that the schooling system within the state is “politically caged”.
Mr Dhankhar had convened an internet assembly with vice-chancellors (VCs) of state universities to debate the educational state of affairs amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
Barring one, all vice chancellors had stayed away.
“I discover there may be tightening of this political cage within the schooling situation in West Bengal. I wished to fathom the issues the colleges and faculties are going through by calling a digital assembly of VCs which they opposed tooth and nail for causes recognized to all,” he mentioned at a press meet on Thursday.
The governor can also be the chancellor of state universities.
Mr Chatterjee, in response, informed reporters that the TMC dispensation “doesn’t wish to bask in politics or extend its run-ins” with the governor.
“We wish to hear his invaluable recommendation on the welfare of scholars however throughout the parameters of the structure,” he mentioned.
“Why ought to we’ve got an issue if the governor works for the wellbeing of the scholars, however he had convened a gathering with VCs with out informing the upper schooling division. That is towards the rule handed by the state legislature,” the minister mentioned.
Iterating that the Centre’s advisory asking varsities and educational institutes to conduct the ultimate 12 months examinations by September-end will put the well being of scholars and lecturers in jeopardy, Mr Chatterjee mentioned the governor has assured the state that he’ll take up the matter with the UGC.
“The honourable governor had on July 13 supported our stand that college students can’t be compelled to take a seat for remaining exams by September-end because it may expose them to well being hazards within the midst of the pandemic. He had promised to take up the problem with UGC. We hope he retains his promise,” the minister, who had known as Mr Dhankhar a ”BJP man” prior to now, mentioned.