Kolkata, Feb 16: West Bengal College and University Teachers Association (WBCUTA) held a protest on Wednesday against the Education Bill passed in the state assembly on February 10.
A five-member delegation of various teachers’ organizations met State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee in the Legislative Assembly and submitted a seven-page memorandum requesting him to introduce several changes in the WB Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017, passed by the assembly recently.
According to the WBCUTA members, the introduction of this bill would allow the ruling party members to get nominated as governing body presidents in educational institutions. Media reports stated that the opposition maintained a boycott against the alleged assault of the Leader of Opposition, Abdul Mannan.
The teachers’ organization participated in the march to the assembly building, but were stopped by the police at Y-channel in the capital’s Esplanade area.
The state government had earlier stated that only “eminent educationists” would be nominated as the presidents of colleges and universities governing bodies. However, in the new bill, the clause has been replaced with a “person interested in education”, thus indirectly, allowing the appointment of ruling party members as the head of the institutions.