Following student protests at Assam University in Silchar, Controller of Examination (COE) Suprabir Dutta Roy has been sent on leave. The protests were led by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), demanding Dutta Roy’s removal from his post due to alleged incompetence in conducting examinations and issuing threats to a student.
The students claimed that the examination department failed to declare results on time, had issues with mark sheet leaks before result announcements, and received threatening letters against an undergraduate student who questioned the department’s functioning. The controversy began when a student, Priyanka Dutta, criticized the university on Facebook for not releasing results on time, which resulted in her losing admission to Cotton University in Guwahati.
In response, COE Dutta Roy sent letters to the student’s college, threatening to withhold her undergraduate exam results if no action was taken against her. The Vice-Chancellor, Rajive Mohan Pant, assured students of an ongoing inquiry and stated that anyone found guilty would face legal consequences. However, amid concerns about potential influence over the investigation, Dutta Roy was placed on leave, pending the inquiry committee’s report.