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Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia dismisses reports of over 300 vacant seats in varsity

Kolkata: Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia has said that not more than 50 seats are vacant in the premier institution, discounting reports that the figure was over 300.

File image of Anuradha Lohia. Facebook

File image of Anuradha Lohia. Facebook

State education minister Partha Chatterjee after talking to Presidency Alumni Association had earlier said 300 seats were lying vacant.

"I am telling you not more than 50 seats are vacant. With the first semester already in progress, these cannot be filled up now," the vice-chancellor told reporters.

"I will speak to her," Chatterjee said when told about the vice-chancellor's comments.

On Chatterjee's statement that Presidency University will seek an audit of special government funds allocated to it for its bicentenary celebrations, Lohia said on Monday, "We are ready for any audit."

Asked to comment on many teachers quitting Presidency in the past few years, Lohia said "This too is a misconception. And if four teachers had left for being transferred, 45 new teachers have joined in the past two years. And none reports about that."

The Presidency Alumni Association had said in a memorandum to the education minister last week that many eminent teachers who had joined the institution had to leave.

"It is the talent and richness of the teaching faculty that serves as a prime attraction for students," it said.

Updated Date: Nov 14, 2017 16:15 PM

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