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CU V-C visits Partha Chatterjee over shocking BA Part I results

Kolkata: The vice-chancellor of Calcutta University on Sunday met state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at his Naktala residence. Vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee was accompanied by pro vice-chancellor (academics) Dipak Kar.
According to sources, the vice-chancellor met Chatterjee to offer an explanation on the reasons for the poor performance of students of the varsity in BA Part I examinations, in which 57 percent students have failed.
The Education minister had on Saturday summoned the V-C and other senior officials of the varsity at his Bikash Bhavan office in Salt Lake on Monday, to find out the cause of such bad results.
Sources said that the V-C had told the minister that a new regulation in the examination pattern, which was brought in 2016 during the tenure of the V-C who was in charge at that time, had resulted in the poor show. "Some are thinking that the government is interfering in the affairs of the university. However, if standard of education is under question, the government will intervene and seek explanation," Chatterjee said.
Banerjee, however, told reporters, "I have come to meet the minister for personal reasons."
It has been learnt that the minister is also upset over the suicide of a student in New Alipore, who had allegedly blamed the varsity for her poor results. He has sought a report from the varsity and the registrar and pro vice-chancellor (academics), will meet him on Monday at his office and discuss the issue.
Out of 64,453 candidates who sat for the BA (Honours) and BA (General) examinations, around 28,000 students secured pass marks. The results for BA and BSC (both Honours and General) were announced on Thursday.
According to the changed rule, a student with Honours in either Arts and Science have to clear the Honours subject and have to pass at least in one of the two subjects in the pass course. For BA and BSc (General) students, the candidates have to clear at least two of the three pass subjects.

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