Kolkata: The West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Wednesday hinted at the rut in running the universities in the State.
The governor who is the chancellor of the universities in the State said that the happenings in the universities would make headlines in media.
“As a chancellor of universities, I have been witness to several developments that could grab headlines.”
“If I start to narrate all of them, it will scream the newspaper headlines the next day…”, the governor said.
Dhankhar said universities in the state are not allowed to function the way they should.
Dhankar, while addressing an education forum organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) here, said “The all-pervading question which arises is who is the greater boss, the chancellor or the state?” Stating that he has tried to ascertain the role of both the chancellor and the state government in the functioning of universitie, he said, “What I found is that both have little roles. So in such a case, we must cooperate and not compete as to who is the bigger boss.”
The governor who has been at loggerheads with the West Bengal government over several issues, said that he is “not at war” with the state government and that his objective is to serve the people.
“Let me say, I am not at war with the state government. I have come here to serve the people of the state,” the governor said.
Stating that the 50th Conference of Governor will be held soon, Dhankar said, “I have written to the state government that if it wishes to flag any issue, I will be glad to raise it at the conference.
Dhankhar has been engaged in a verbal duel with the Mamata Banerjee government over a number of issues — ranging from his seating at the Durga Puja carnival to comments on his security — since he rushed to Jadavpur University on September 19 to ‘rescue’ Union minister Babul Supriyo, who had been gheraoed by a section of its students.