BE college Teachers' Assn say VC's actions unnecessary

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Howrah, Dec 19 (UNI) The Bengal Engineering and Science University Teachers' Association today said Vice-Chancellor Nikhil Ranjan Banerjee's actions were totally unnecessary and uncalled for.

Addressing a press conference here, the association's General Secretary Parthapratim Chattopadhyay said the VC's step to close down the university, following clashes between the two rival students' union that lead to a professor and a student being injured, was totally unnecassry.

''The imposition of Section 144 CrPC was not needed and closing the university under such circumstances has adversely affected the morale of the institute and the students,'' Mr Chattopadhyay said and added that no security was provided to those asked to vacate the university hostel by December 14.

Section 144 was lifted and administrative work resumed on December 17, while PG classes resumed today.

Mr Chattopadhyay further alleged that the VC did not pay any heed to the avices of the aceademic council before promulgating prohibitory measures in the campus.

Problem broke out between the rival student bodies in relation to students' attendance, which was found to be below the required 70 per cent mark.

The University was recently accorded the status of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.

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