Curtain Over Modi’s Visit In Visva-Bharati Convocation Ceremony


Bolpur: The most awaited convocation of Visva-Bharati is hanging over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Santiniketan to attend the programe as his three-year term as the chancellor has ended in March and needs to be renewed.

The executive council that has to renew Modi’s chancellorship couldn’t meet twice due to absence of majority of external members. The council has five external members and four didn’t turn up.

The delay triggers from the external members’ refusal to accept Sabujkali Sen’s continuance as Visva’s officiating vice-chancellor.

Sushovan Banerjee, the President’s nominee in the Visva-Bharati’s EC, who is also an external member, said: “Every agenda passed or stalled at any EC meeting is brought for ratification at the next meeting. But Visva-Bharati has not kept the disputed agenda regarding extension of directorship of Sabujkali Sen at Saturday’s meeting. So, I skipped the meeting. Other three external members also agreed with my logic and stayed away.”

Visva-Bharati officials said if the prime minister did not come, the convocation would have to be postponed. In the past five years, the varsity couldn’t hold convocations.