A DAY after 12 students were injured when unions of ruling Trinamool Congress and Congress allegedly clashed at Raiganj University over new admissions, vice-chancellor Anil Bhuimali on Friday claimed “outsiders” had created trouble on the campus.
Speaking on the sidelines of ‘Shikshak Sammanona’ — a programme organised by the state education department to felicitate school and madrasa teachers on the eve of Teachers’ Day — Bhuimali said on Monday, a report will be submitted to Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the university.
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“A large number of outsiders came and caused violence at the university yesterday. Students of both Chhatra Parishad (Congress) and Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) had clashed. A three-member team, including the registrar, has been formed and the report will be submitted to the Chancellor,” he added.
While Bhuimali said security at the campus will be beefed up, he denied any knowledge that shots were fired at the campus on Friday. “I have been told that gunshots were fired. I was not there when it happened,” he claimed.
On Friday, policemen, who were present on the campus to prevent untoward incidents during the admission process, had to resort to lathicharge to separate the rival groups. A live bomb was also recovered from the spot. The 12 students were admitted to the Raiganj District Hospital with minor injuries.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also present on the occasion, however, did not speak about the incident. She chose to confine herself to ideals and principles that should guide teachers and students.
“Students should be disciplined and go to educational institutions to learn. They should learn to respect teachers. On the other hand, teachers, with the help of the right kind of infrastructure, should teach in a proper fashion and build ideal schools, colleges and universities,” Mamata said.
Listing her government’s achievements in the education sector, the CM said 14 new universities and 45 new colleges have been set up in state in the last four years.
She added that the government had also achieved success in building toilets in schools. “Now, we will utilise 100-days work scheme to make schools clean and green in the state,” Mamata said.
The state is becoming an educational hub, the CM said, adding that 67 model schools have been set up and several schools upgraded in the last four years. “We will distribute cycles to 40 lakh students from Classes IX to XII. We will expand it to Class VIII in future,” she said and claimed that the ‘Kanyashree’ scheme has benefited 37 lakh girls.
“Till 2011, there were only 1,300 medical seats in Bengal. We added 1,400 new seats in four years… The coverage of mid-day meals in the state is 100 per cent ,” Mamata said.
After awarding 100 teachers and 42 schools from across the state, Mamata announced that from next year, university teachers will be felicitated and a new award ‘Siksha Bhushan’ will be introduced.
The CM said gender rights and gender sensitisation had been on her agenda ever since she took charge and had received complaints in this regard.
“Now, we have all the provisions and even a development board for them,” Mamata said. She also launched ‘Muktir Alo’, a rehabilitation scheme for sex workers and women rescued from human trafficking. For the welfare of dwarfs, she said the government has started a ‘Little Star’ board.