Dhankhar appointed new vice-chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University: TMC criticizes decision

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Kolkata, Jul 1 (PTI) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has courted yet another controversy by appointing the new Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University (RBU). Meanwhile, a bill to nominate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the Chancellor of state-run universities is awaiting the governor’s nod.

The governor is currently the ex-officio chancellor of state-run universities and the term of RBU’s current vice-chancellor, Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury, is about to end soon.

Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee termed the governor’s move as unfortunate, while the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleged that Dhankhar has proved that he does not believe in democratic principles.

Dhankhar has appointed Professor Mahua Mukherjee in the Department of Dance, RBU as the next Vice Chancellor. The Governor tweeted on Thursday that he has appointed Mukherjee as the next Vice Chancellor under Section 9(1)(b) of the Rabindra Bharati Act, 1981.

The governor also attached the recommendation of a government committee for the post and said that he is selecting Mukherjee, whose name tops the list.

TMC’s state spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said, “The bill passed by the West Bengal Assembly to appoint the chief minister to the post of chancellor of the state universities is awaiting his (governor’s) approval. Meanwhile, the Hon’ble Governor has announced one name as the Vice Chancellor of RBU. He did not even consider it necessary to take the Education Minister and the Chief Minister into confidence before this announcement.

Biman Banerjee said, “He (Dhankhar) should not have done this. He cannot act unilaterally like this. This House passed a bill to appoint the Chief Minister as the Chancellor of State Universities. He should not announce his appointment as the Vice-Chancellor after the bill is passed by a majority in the House.

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