Source: The Statesman, 28th October, 2015
WBJEE Board chairman Bhaskar Gupta on Teusday tendered his resignation.
Although he cited medical reasons for his resignation,senior officials of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board claimed that differences of opinion with the state government prompted the board chairman to tender his resignation.
It was decided that till the next permanent chairman is appointed by the state government, the vice chairman of WBJEE Board, Avik Mukherjee, will act as the chairman of the WBJEE Board.
Gupta’s resignation has been accepted by the state government.
However, problems have cropped up as Mukherjee’s kin is appearing for the examination next year and so he has to stay away from all confidential matters relating to the WBJEE Board.
Senior officials of the Board said that they had intimated the state education department about Mukherjee’s problems, and the state education department has said that the matter would be looked into.
Officials added that they would have a trying time as examination work will begin next month and many of the key posts of office bearers are lying vacant.
Gupta had tendered his resignation before the Pujas, but it was not accepted. He again tendered his resignation after the Pujas.
Significantly, in the absence of recruitment rules, the posts of several office bearers are vacant, including those of law officer, controller of examinations and accounts officer. Officials added that if recruitment rules are not framed, the West Bengal Public Service Commission cannot notify recruitment. Recruitment rules are made by the department and then sent to the finance department for vetting and finally to the law department. After the entire process is complete,it is sent to the Cabinet for approval.
With just around eight months left for the next joint entrance examinations, there is no one to monitor the online filling up of forms, issuance of admit cards, scrutiny of scanned pictures and signatures.