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Committee to look into complaints against Aalia Uni officials

Kolkata: Students of Kolkata’s Aalia University located at Roger Heart Campus are on strike for about two weeks against mismanagement by University authorities, absence of basic facilities like clean drinking water, unhygienic conditions, absence of educational atmosphere and absence of machinery and equipments in science laboratory for practice and experiments, dictatorial attitude of Vice Chancellor etc. Now because of students agitation and strike, the University Council has constituted a six-member Committee to look into their complaints which has been asked to submit its report by 15 December. In this University which was formerly known as Madrasa Aalia and was upgraded into Aalia University in 2007 in order to remove the educational backwardness of Muslims and in which there are about 5 thousand boy and girl students and where education for engineering, science, economics, MBA etc is imparted is lacking in many facilities as described above. Now that it will be completing about 10 years of its establishment, students future appears to be bleak. Students are agitating and demanding improvement of the educational atmosphere and standard, arrangement of books in the library, machinery and equipment for the science laboratory, appointment of good teachers etc. Students are also complaining about financial irregularities and corruption against Vice Chancellor and University administration. Students complaint is that the VC has taken over the entire authority and control of the University; he himself floats tenders for furniture etc and himself approves or selects the bidders and Registrar, finance officer etc are ignored.  Their complaint is also that walls and ceilings of Roger Heart Campus of the University which were built only two years ago have developed cracks at many places which indicates that sub-standard materials were used for its construction. Engineering students who are leading this agitation and strike are saying that their future is at stake. There is great shortage of faculty teachers. Out of 137 sanctioned teachers and instructors in engineering faculty, only 36 teachers are running the entire faculty. This will obviously lower the educational standard of engineering department. In the absence of qualified engineering teachers, MTech students are taking classes whose knowledge is only superficial and they cannot satisfactorily answer the questions put to them by students. The committee appointed by the University Council to enquire into the complaints of the students includes Prof. Ishwar Bhat Vice Chanellor of West Bengal National University of Judicial Science, W. B. Minorities Commisison’s Chairman J. Ali Shah, Prof. Uttam Bandopadhya, Muhammad Noorul Islam, Prof. Sirajul Islam and Muhammad Abu Naeem, teachers representative. Prof. Ishwar Bhat is the Chairman of this Committee and Prof. Sirajul Islam is the Convener of this Committee.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 15

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