Kolkata, Aug 8 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Presidency College, an iconic academic institution of Kolkata and now a university which boasts of alumnus like Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and movie maestro Satyajit Ray, was the scene of a loud rice ceremony binge on Saturday night, according to a report aired by a prominent Bengali news channel on Sunday.
Loudspeakers blared Bollywood songs, people binged and danced while many were apparently drunk as the centre of academic excellence was the scene of a hideous private function, reported Bengali news channel Star Ananda.
Footage showed the invitees emerging out of the campus, which is barred for outsiders, picking their teeth after the binge.
The binge was the rice ceremony of the grandchild of a staff, reports said.
The channel reported that food was cooked inside the campus while the Principal of the college Amitabha Chattopadhayay when contacted by the media said he was not aware of anything.
“I will go and look into it tomorrow [Monday] since today is Sunday. Some staff member live on the campus and they can have their own function, but what you said has be found out tomorrow,” he told the correspondent of the channel.
The West Bengal Assembly has passed a Bill upgrading the Presidency College into a university. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, a student of the prestigious college, has shown his own interest in the betterment of the institution.
The illustrious history of academic excellence of Presidency College, Kolkata is intimately entwined with the intellectual history of Bengal and India.
According to the Presidency website, the foundation of the Hindoo College in 1817 has had far reaching effects on the social and cultural history of the country. The college was renamed as Presidency College and brought under the direct control of the Government in 1855.
The college was founded with the expressed intention of providing modern education to the Indian students. Though originally meant for the boys of the Hindu elite, the college was thrown open to all communities after 1855.
The liberal, secular, scientific spirit that marked the advent of Indian modernity was born in this college.
“Indeed, the history of the college merges into the history of the Bengal, and by extension, the Indian Renaissance,” the website of the college says.