Ummid Assistant

Direct link to CBSE Class 12 results. The results online now:

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Politics

Two Bengal professors asked to explain 'anti-government comments'

Friday June 08, 2012 08:19:45 PM, IANS

Related Articles

Aliah University VC, officials confined in office overnight in Bengal

The vice-chancellor of the Aliah University and other officials had to spend the whole of Wednesday night confined in an office of the university's Salt lake campus as hundreds of students 

Trinamool leader flung jug at me, says Bengal professor

Partial fascism or right move - Bengal divided on Mamata's act

Jadavpore professor arrested for Mamata cartoons, granted bail

Trinamool warns against mixing politics with profession

Kolkata: Two professors in two government colleges of West Bengal have been issued show cause notices by the higher education department and asked to explain their "anti-state government comments" on television programmes.

Explanation has been sought from Debasish Sarkar, an associate professor of economics at Jhargram Raj College in West Midnapore district, and Shampa Sen, head of the department of Bengali at Hooghly Mohsin College in Hooghly district.

Both are often invited by Bengali news channels to take part in panel discussions.

The notices were sent on the basis of a complaint made by a former teacher May 25 that they were making anti-government comments on television shows.

Explaining the step, Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu said the teachers had merely been asked whether they had taken prior permission before airing their views to the media.

"The post of a teacher in a government college is a cadre post. There is a distinction between them and academicians in universities and government-aided colleges," the minister said here.

"I don't know the contents of the complaint. We just want to know whether they are following the rules or not," he added.

However, both Sarakar and Sen said they had not just been asked about taking prior permission but to give proper explanation of their views expressed on television programmes.

"I received the notice along with a copy of the complaint Thursday. The complainant has alleged that by making politically-motivated comments, I'm vitiating the academic atmosphere," said Debasish Sarkar, who is also the general secretary of West Bengal Government College Teachers' Association.

"The complaint also seeks to know if I earn any money by participating in the discussions. In the notice, I have been asked to explain my position regarding the complaint within 15 days."

Terming the move as unexpected, Shampa Sen said: "In the notice, I have been asked to explain my position as regards to a complaint where it has been stated that I have made anti-government comments."

Dubbing the incident as unfortunate, educationist Sunando Sanyal said: "With each passing day, the growing intolerance of the government is becoming evident".

Some months ago, Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested for circulating alleged defamatory cartoons of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Earlier, another professor, Partha Sarathi Roy, was arrested for participating in an anti-eviction rally.

Both were later released.









Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS






Top Stories

Chidambaram now in dock for poll result; opposition demands resignation

In a setback for the minister, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court declined to dismiss the petition challenging his election in the 2009  

Chidambaram invokes Jesus to deny corruption charges

Parliament disrupted over Chidambaram's role in telecom deal


  Most Read

Indian Muslims split over wedding age ruling

A Delhi High Court ruling that a Muslim girl can marry once she attains the age of puberty has sharply split the community, with clerics backing the law and virtually everyone else against it. Muslim religious  

Punjab at crossroads: Sikh clergy gives in to radical rhetoric

Once touted as the most progressive state in the country, Punjab is today at a crossroads. The contradictory actions of the state's leadership, especially the ruling elite, are sending confusing signals 

Pro-Khalistan slogans raised in Golden Temple complex


  News Pick

Sania Mirza-Mahesh Bhupathi claim maiden French Open crown

India's Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi captured their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title beating Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez 7-6, 6-1 in the French Open final here Thursday. 

Nearly 90 killed in Syria in yet another massacre: Report

Opposition activists and Syrian government forces clashed with each other in al-Qubayr village in the country's northern Hama province, leading to the death of at least 86 people, a media report said Thursday. 

UN observers on way to massacre site in Syria shot at: Ban

I've not insulted medical profession: Aamir Khan

Pats and brickbats - Aamir Khan was prepared for it all when he set out to discuss burning issues in his debut TV show "Satyamev Jayate". Fearless and convinced about the aim of the show, the actor-filmmaker says he is totally unapologetic  

120/18978: UPA Pre-Matric scholarship scorecard in Bhiwandi

Raising serious questions over the implementation of the government schemes, a Bhiwandi based NGO on Wednesday claimed that despite thousands of students applying for the government 


Picture of the Day

The model of the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque presented to the Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies in Beijing by the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. The 1:150 scale model is made of acrylic.

(Photo: Gulf News)



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.