The state government will not tolerate any indiscipline in colleges and student politics should be confided among students, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Friday.
He was addressing a gala programme to mark the beginning of the bicentenary celebration of Presidency University at Princep Ghat on Friday evening.
“Many are entering the college holding CPI(M) and BJP’s flag. But no one causing trouble in colleges will be spared,” he said. Chatterjee’s statement is important as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be meeting teachers from primary to university levels at a function at Netaji Indoor stadium on Saturday.
It may be mentioned that Trinamool Chatra Parishad suspended four of its members and abolished the students’ union in a college in Malda after two groups of students got engaged in a clash.
Presidency College which was set up in 1817 was upgraded to a university and the authorities have chalked out an elaborate programme throughout the year. It started with a laser show in light and sound remembering important pupils of the institution since the days of Hindu College. Raja Ram Mohun Roy was present in the meeting where the proposal to set up the college was taken. The college played a major role in Young Bengal movement and Bengal Renaissance.
A heritage walk will be held on January 15 from the ancestral house of Swami Vivekananda who had studied in the college for a year to the university campus on College Street. On January 20 which is the foundation day of the college, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will give the key note address and scholar and academician Sukanta Chowdhury will be awarded. President Pranab Mukherjee will release the commemorative stamp on that day at a function held in the evening. This will be followed by a musical programme by Ustad Rashid Khan.