West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar called a meeting at Raj Bhavan on Friday. This meeting was held for the Vice Chancellors of the universities. The chancellors and vice-chancellors of private universities of the state did not participate. The Governor expressed displeasure over this.
The governor had earlier invited those chancellors and vice chancellors for a meeting to be held on December 20. The date was later changed and Thursday was fixed as the private university authorities expressed their inability to attend the meeting due to the COVID-19 situation.
11 Vice Chancellor and Chancellor remained missing
Jagdeep Dhankhar said that it is extremely sad that 11 Vice Chancellors and Chancellors of private universities did not come to attend a meeting with the Governor. A similar situation arose in January, 2020 also, when Vice Chancellors of state universities were invited.
The governor said in a video message, “This situation is worrying and it points towards the rule of the ruler and not the rule of law.” Such a scenario cannot be expressed.
‘The situation in the education sector is worrying’
In the video, the chairs set up for the meeting at the Raj Bhavan are seen empty. In a tweet, Dhankhar tagged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that the situation in the education sector in the state is worrying as the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of private universities did not attend the meeting held with the Governor-Visitor.
‘Being forced to take a tough stand’
The Governor said that the State Government was appointing Vice Chancellors bypassing the Chancellor and they were being forced to take a tough stand on this development. He said in a video uploaded on Twitter that he directs all these appointments to be reconsidered.