Students owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress Friday demonstrated at the Gour Banga University in the district to protest the prolonged absence of Vice-Chancellor Dr Achinta Biswas.
They also locked up the offices of the university in protest,university officials said. The officials,on condition of anonymity,alleged that Biswas was often absent since his appointment as vice-chancellor on May 14 last year,jeopardising examinations and administrative work.
They said that on one occasion he was absent for 65 consecutive days starting from April 28,forcing the administration to appoint senior professor Bikas Ray to take temporary charge.
Biswas,on his part,said he would reply to the complaints made by the state Higher Education Department and that he had met Governor M K Narayanan,who is the Chancellor,but the agitation by the students was wrong.
He said he was keeping unwell and had always taken permission for leave from the Governor which was granted.
Registrar Shyamsundar Bairagya confirmed that the V-C had been on leave because of illness and had informed the chancellor about it.