Darjeeling govt College remains closed, Student body demands immediate meeting

Darjeeling Government College
The stalemate over the issue of the ongoing online admission process to Darjeeling Government College continued today with the college remaining closed for the second day even as members of the Students’ College Representatives (SCR) called for an immediate meeting of the institute’s governing body to resolve the matter.
The student body expressed annoyance with the college authorities, North Bengal University (NBU) and the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) for ignoring the issue. “We have written to all the concerned authorities. The college has remained closed for the last two days. But, we have not yet got a response from any quarter,” complained Kunga Hesay Zimba, general secretary of the SCR, in a Press meeting on Tuesday.
The SCR, which is affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Vidhyarthi Morcha, had issued the closure threat on June 19 and it was implemented the very next day. The indefinite strike has been called in protest of the provisional merit list for admission to the college that has been
published figuring more than 80 per cent names of students from outside the hills.
On Tuesday, SCR members submitted a deputation to the college authorities and the district administration seeking their intervention. “We submitted deputations to the district magistrate and the officer-in-charge today seeking a meeting of the college governing body within June 25 to bring to an end the existing impasse. We have also written to the superintendent of police,” Zimba said.
The Darjeeling district magistrate is the president of the college governing body and the officer-in-charge is the secretary. The DM could not be contacted as he was out of station. Prajwal Lama, the officer-in-charge, said, “Since the DM is presently out of town, a meeting cannot be held at the moment. But I will talk to him over phone and see what happens tomorrow.”
Darjeeling Government College offers Honours courses in 15 subjects. The total seats available in Honours and Pass courses for this year are 624 and 1023, respectively.
On Monday, the student body organised an hour-long “chakka jam” in front the college. However, the agitators have exempted the ongoing practical examinations for first and second year students from the strike’s purview.
Darjeeling SP Amit Javalgi admitted that some student representatives from the college had come to meet him, but he said he was unable to intervene in the matter. “The students had come to intimate me about the deputation they had placed before the district magistrate. I cannot say anything as the matter is not related to us,” he said.(EOIC)

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