West Bengal cuts the powers of bosses, cuts direct access to universities

KOLKATA: The government notified on Tuesday the new rules governing the interaction between the chancellor's office (or the governor's office) and the vice chancellors. He cannot intervene in the daily affairs of universities, nor can he directly advise university officials, according to the new rules. All communication between the chancellor and senior university officials will also have to be sent through the state department of higher education.

Tuesday's newsletter notice, which puts the state government between the chancellor's office and the vice chancellors, limits three months back and forth between Raj Bhavan and the Bengal government, beginning with Governor Dhankhar's visit to the campus to rescue the student of the Minister of State of the Union. Protesters It takes place one week after the visit to the University of Calcutta by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, when he expressed his dismay at the non-presentation of the vice chancellor, the secretary and other senior officials of the university.

The state education minister, Partha Chatterjee, insisted that there was no measure to curb the governor's power. Please do not confuse conventions with the rules. Dhankhar himself did not answer TOI's questions about the changes.

The new rules of which the minister spoke came into effect as of Tuesday with the state government notifying them under the Administration and Regulation Law of the University and College of West Bengal two years after the law was promulgated in 2017. They do not leave space for the direct intervention of the chancellor in university affairs; The chancellor can write to the government or ask for clarification on university matters, but cannot advise university officials on their own. The rules under Section 5 (9) of the law also specify that all applications for licenses of the vice chancellors and vice chancellors must now be made to the department of higher education.

All proposals to confer degrees D.Litt and D.Sc during university calls must now be submitted to the state government for approval; The government will send these lists to the chancellor for confirmation. The chancellor can preside over the meetings of the highest policy-making bodies of the university (court or senate), but would have no power to modify the list of winners once the state government puts a stamp on the university's proposals , authorities said.

State university officials are now also not required to receive direct orders from the chancellor about the daily operation of universities. They would be accountable to the government.

The V-C also has no obligation to convene meetings of the court or the Senate in consultation with the chancellor; they must, instead, be intimate with the education department.