Sunny Leone and Shin Chan “Top” Colleges in West Bengal. Are Doraemon and Motu-Patlu Next?


Sunny Leone and Shin Chan “Top” Colleges in West Bengal. Are Doraemon and Motu-Patlu Next?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

Remember when Shin Chan’s mother struggled to get the mischievous little boy to eat his shimla mirch during meals and focus on his studies on other days? While we’re not too sure about his progress with the former, it seems like nagging him to study has finally paid off. A popular Japanese cartoon character known for his misbehaviour and tongue-in-cheek responses, Shin Chan Nohara has managed to find a spot for himself on the merit list of a West Bengal college. Yup, you read that right!

According to an official from the institution, little Shin Chan’s name not only appeared on, but also topped the BSc (Honours) merit list of Siliguri College in north Bengal. “The name was immediately removed and a fresh list put up on the college website. We have lodged a police complaint as it was an act of mischief,” he said.

While Shin Chan’s journey to the Indian education system itself remains a mystery at present, he’s not the first “celebrity figure” to find a spot for himself on a merit list. Playback singer Neha Kakkar and actress Sunny Leone did it before it got cool.

While Kakkar found herself on the BA English (Honours) merit list of Malda’s Manikchak College, Leone’s name made it to three lists of two other colleges with much ease. Talk about luck!

Besides topping the English Honours list of Asutosh College, Leone bagged a spot at number 151 in the English honours merit list and 183 in the Bengali Honours list, both at West Bengal’s undergrad Budge Budge College. On learning of her academic achievements, the 39-year-old seemed pretty ecstatic to be back to school.

But it seems like the kids who were indulging in a bit of fun with their acads won’t be the one having the last laugh here. All concerned colleges are said to have lodged complaints with cyber cells of the West Bengal Police. Manikchak’s principal Aniruddha Chakraborty has cited the unexpected occurrences as an “act of mischief by some people who want to malign the higher education system and the transparent online admission process by including such names in the merit list.”

Netizens on the other hand are convinced of this “education for all” movement.

We wonder who’s next…

The Bengal government has taken the online route to process the admission for undergrad courses but like any other sector of #DigitalIndia, it’s not without its own set of hiccups.