Kolkata, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grand nephew and Trinamool Congress candidate Sugata Bose today said he was not in a hurry to decide on whether to resign as head of the mentor group of Presidency University, as demanded by a section of students of the institution.

'I had been to Harvard and sought Amartya Sen's counsel. He advised me not to take an immediate decision and said I should think it over carefully before deciding,' Bose, a professor of Harvard University, told newspersons.

His statement came after a referendum conducted among the Presidency University students on the issue whether he should remain the mentor group chairman, while fighting elections, overwhelmingly went against him.

'I will take everyone's opinions into consideration before deciding,' Bose said.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is the advisor of the mentor group that Bose heads to oversee the moves to make Presidency University an international centre of excellence.

The students, under the banner of Independent Consolidation, said the mentor group's sanctity would be 'sacrificed,' if Bose remained the chairman of the body while taking part in electoral politics as AITC candidate from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency.

Bose said President Pranab Mukherjee, during his tenure as Finance Minister, had also headed the Governing Council of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata.

'I will talk to the teachers and my friends who are there and ask if Mr Mukherjee's political affiliation had affected the governing body's functioning,' he said.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)