Bhubaneswar: A college student has allegedly been raped by a school teacher in a forest in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, the police said on Wednesday. The girl lodged a complaint at the Kuchinda police station, accusing the teacher of raping her in a forest in the area. The incident occurred on July 11 when the girl was going to her college. However, the matter came to light on Wednesday after the girl lodged a complaint after finding out that a video of the alleged incident was doing the rounds on social media. According to the complaint, the teacher asked the girl to accompany him to a shooting site where album songs were being filmed. However, the man took her to a forest and allegedly raped her. In another incident, the Sundargarh police have arrested four persons for gang-raping a college student. The victim was allegedly gang-raped by five youth, including three of her classmates. They allegedly raped the girl inside a forest while she was returning home on June 26. While the three classmates and another accused were arrested, the police are searching the fifth accused.
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday criticised the draft of National Education Policy 2019 of the Centre and expressed his apprehension that it might be an attempt to break the federal structure of the Indian Constitution where education comes in the concurrent list.Chatterjee held a meeting of the Higher EducationCouncil at Bikash Bhavan, which was attended by vice-chancellors of all the universities in the state.”Everybody present in the meeting have agreed that we need to be vocal against the policy. I have asked the vice chancellors to consolidate opinion from the teachers and give us in writing in seven days so that I can discuss the issue with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. We need to prepare a comprehensive plan on how we should take up the matter with the Centre,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe state government has inhibitions over different aspects of the policy in both secondary and higher secondary education. “There is an attempt by the Centre to control education on their own , scrap University Grants Commission and force certain language upon states. The universities will have no say over any matter,” a senior official of the Higher Education department present in the meeting said. Chatterjee instructed the vice chancellors to ensure that no seats are left vacant in colleges and reiterated that all admissions will be strictly on the basis of merit. ” Examination and publication of results in a time bound manner should be ensured,” he said.