In a strange twist of events, the infamous but beloved Japanese cartoon character Shinchan Nohara’s name made it to the merit list of a West Bengal college on Monday. Clearly, whoever played the prank really loved Shinchan as a child. According to the college officials, the merit list of BSc (Honours) of Siliguri College in north Bengal had Shinchan's name at the top, which naturally grabbed everyone’s attention.
"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," a college official said to Times Now News.
The college stated that they didn’t compile the merit list internally but outsourced it to an agency based on details given by candidates during online applications. The college official told the Press Trust of India that the details of the students will be scrutinised by the authorities of the institution before the session begins.
Before Shinchan, Neha Kakkar and Sunny Leone’s names had also appeared in college merit lists
This isn’t the first time a non-student has appeared in Indian universities’ merit lists - prior to the Shinchan prank, Neha Kakkar, a playback singer’s name had made it to the BA English (Honours) merit list of Malda's Manikchak College.
Before that, Sunny Leone, an actress, who through public knowledge isn’t studying at the moment, somehow featured in the third-place, in the list for English honours in Barasat Government College in North 24 Parganas district. Her name was preceded by that of US cam girl Dani Daniels and pornographic actor from Lebanon, Mia Khalifa as reported by news agency, India.
Simultaneously, her name stood at number 151 in the English honours merit list of Budge Budge College and at 183 in the Bengali Honours list of the same college. And no, there wasn’t a student named Sunny Leone in any of the colleges.
The colleges, upset with the practical joke, have decided to lodge complaints with cyber cells of the police. It seems like putting the cartoon character, Shinchan on the merit list was the last straw.
“We have filed complaints at the local police station and the cyber crime cell of West Bengal Police. It is 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,” Principal Aniruddha Chakraborty of Manikchak College, where Neha Kakkar’s name made it to the list, told India.com on Sunday.
Sunny Leone, however, took the prank in good stride and tweeted a light-hearted response to it, saying, "See you all in college next semester!!! Hope you're in my class."
The reason why the merit lists were online is due to the West Bengal government’s decision to conduct admissions to undergraduate courses online this year. They have also waived any processing fee due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though it was a harmless and slightly amusing prank, we’re sure stressed-out students do not want to see Shinchan or Sunny Leone’s name on the top of the merit list, while anxiously looking for their own name on it.