GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - The issue of the ongoing strike by students at the Bodoland University came up in the Legislative Assembly today, with BPF MLAs Kamalshing Narzary and Charan Boro calling for immediate removal of the in-charge Vice Chancellor Prof Hemanta Kumar Baruah and for appointment of a new permanent Vice Chancellor.
Raising the issue under Rule 54 of the Rules and Procedures and Conduct of Business in the Assam Legislative Assembly, Narzary cited media reports about the agitation by the students of the university.
He said that Baruah, during his tenure as Vice Chancellor of Bodoland University, played division politics and failed to do anything for the benefit of the institute.
�The Vice Chancellor retired on September 14. But the Governor, as Chancellor of the university, asked him to continue till a new full-fledged Vice Chancellor in appointed. The students of the university and the people of the BTAD region have taken the path of protest against the active Vice Chancellor,� Narzary said.
He said that a team of BPF leaders, led by BTC chief Hagrama Mahilary, had gone to meet the Governor during the latter�s visit to the Bodoland University campus on September 5 and added that the team members were insulted.
Speaking on the issue, Boro said that all works at the Bodoland University have come to a standstill during the past few days due to the strike.
In his reply, Minister of State for Education Pallab Lochan Das said that an Advisory Board has been set up for selection of a new Vice Chancellor and October 15 has been fixed as the last date for receipt of applications for filling up of the post.
He said the State government will inform the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the university, about the situation at the campus.
Das added that the government has formed a three-member committee to enquire into the alleged anomalies at the university.
�The members of the committee will visit the Bodoland University tomorrow and then submit a report to the State government,� said the minister.