As reported by SNS in thestatesman.net on 28 May 2008: The Statesman
NBU Teachers Council hold seminar on RTI
SILIGURI, May 28: “ The North Bengal University is determined to make the academic structure more transparent as far as the students’ right to information is concerned. We have already started the process of showing the answer scripts to the students and are seriously contemplating to make the education and examination structure more transparent”.
This is what Mr Arunava Basumajumder, the vice chancellor of the NBU said today while inaugurating a seminar on the ‘Right to Information’ organised by the NBU Teachers’ Council. He further said that the extent of information to be parted with by the NBU administration should be pondered over deeply, for the issue involved was a serious one requiring some discrimination. “Imparting information to those demanding it is a good thing, but all information cannot be imparted,” the NBU vice chancellor observed. Mr Jyotish Basak, the secretary, NBUTC, said that his organisation was concerned more with the issue of right to information than with the Right to Information Act. “The Act by itself is important, yet in our view, several angles involved in the issue are more important,” Mr Basak said.
Prof Raghunath Ghosh of the department of Arts, NBU said that the right to information nowadays has become intimately associated with the issue of social justice and it could no longer be ignored.
According to Prof B N Chakravarty of the department of Science, some information must be kept aside where the issue of security was involved.
Elaborating on the issue Dr Soumendranath Bera of the department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Calcutta University, said that right to information had become a sine qua non for a functioning democracy.