KOKRAJHAR: The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) has come down heavily against the Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University (BU) Prof. Laishram Ladu Singh for his alleged unilateral and dictatorial decision in varsity affairs. The ABSU and Bodo students' union of different colleges of BTR staged protest against Singh on Tuesday and demanded immediate removal of Singh as VC of BU. The students shouted slogans against the VC for hours. The ABSU through protest sent a memorandum to the Governor of Assam and Chancellor of BU Prof. Jagadish Mukhi and demanded immediate appointment of regular Registrar for smooth conduct of administration and functioning from BTR region, high-level enquiry into the allegations and removal of the existing Vice-Chancellor after proper examination and finding, to stop any major policy decision prior to appointment of regular Registrar, to conduct of University Court meeting before Executive council meeting, filling up of all vacant members of the executive council and timely declaration of results, distribution of mark sheet and grade sheet for undergraduate and PG courses. The union appealed to the Chancellor to look into the matter and take early steps for solution of the ongoing problems of the Bodoland University.
The general secretary of the ABSU, Khanindra Basumatary said the Bodoland University was the creation of the Bodoland movement and sentiments and spirit of the martyrs were attached to it. It was purely established for the interest of the lower Assam part of Bodoland region to uplift the educational scenario of the backward region, taking into account to provide better accessible quality and higher education to the upcoming generation. He said that after joining of Singh as the Vice-Chancellor of BU, he had been taking unilateral and dictatorial decisions in each and every administrative matter of the university. The post of Registrar, which is regarded as a major administrative head, is lying vacant since the last two years and running with Registrar in-charge. All the present administrative heads of the University - Vice-Chancellor, Registrar I/C and Rector do not belong to the Bodoland region and Assam.
He further said that the process for appointment of Registrar started during November, 2020, against their sentiments a candidate from outside the State was selected. Instead of appointing permanent Registrar, the Vice-Chancellor appointed Registrar I/C and after that decisions have been taking in unilateral and dictatorial manner in administrative, academic and financial matters for the past one year, he said.
The union alleged that there were irregularities in the appointment of DDO, degree final semester students were deprived of getting admission in postgraduate course in other universities due to delay in getting grade sheet and mark sheet the current year and last year, no academic council meeting has been held in the last two-and-half years, many pending cases of promotion were there for teaching and non-teaching staff, and many projects involving financial matters have been taken unilaterally without discussion in any platform. The union reiterated that Dr. Nil Kamal Singha, Assistant Professor, Department of History, BU against whom there were sexual harassment cases, was drawing full salary for the last two years without coming to duty.
Taking into account these major issues and anomalies in Bodoland University headed by the present Vice-Chancellor and for the greater interest of the Bodoland region and student fraternity of the region, the union urged the Governor to take prompt and necessary action.