Jalpaiguri Engineering College: Halt Hails For Job & Fund

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Jalpaiguri: The authorities of Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College expressed concern over the ongoing strike that reached the 11th day on Monday and said it had halted several administrative and other works at the institution.

Senior students, especially those belonging to the second year, have been on strike to seek removal of a faculty member. Amitava Roy, the principal, said the college apprehended that some unutilised funds might return due to the strike. On the other hand, he said, the college cannot provide documents to students who got placements.

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Sources said Rs 55 lakh was allotted to the college in the current fiscal and around Rs 28 lakh of the amount was supposed to be spent on an online journal of the electrical engineering department.

“The journal is important for online studies and research by students and faculty members. We are yet to spend it. Also, another sum of Rs 27 lakh was supposed to be spent to purchase different items for departments. The strike is on and from March 29, banks will remain close for some days. Altogether, we are apprehensive that the funds would return unutilised because we need to spend it during the fiscal,” said the principal.

College sources said around 350 to 400 students of third year went for training in different institutes like Bose Institute, NHPC and IIT every year.

Another problem that the college authorities are facing due to the strike is that they could not issue no-objection certificate and other details of students to companies which have provided placements to students.

The authorities, sources said, have already informed the district administration and the state education department about these issues. Students who are into the agitation said they had not yet received any communication from the administration.