Jadavpur University Unrest: VC Suranjan Das Locked in as Students' Protest Continues

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

"But they will have to go through us", an agitating student said.

Kolkata: Jadavpur University students continued their sit-in to protest against the provisions of a bill which has been passed in the Assembly continued for the second day on Friday, with Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das expressing helplessness over the situation. The statement signed by registrar Pradip Ghosh said the university had always witnessed peaceful student union elections.

The VC said that the EC members, the Deans, Pro-VC, Registrar and himself have agreed to communicate students' demands to the government in a letter where words like "widest manner" and "possible consensus" and "unacceptable" would be included.

"We openly reject the state government's order to turn students' union into students' council".

The members of AFSU demanded that Jadavpur University adopt a resolution describing the government's notification as "undemocratic" and "unacceptable".

Kolkata's Jadavpur University has erupted again, this time over state administration's decision to do away with elections in students' unions in government-run institutes.

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According to a report, the agitating students have been demanding the Executive Council (EC), the highest-decision making body of the University, to reject the order and continue holding student's union polls. "Unless the authorities accept our demands, we will not lift our agitation", Sounak Mukhopadhyay, a first-year postgraduate student of the Film Studies department, told The Indian Express.

The protests were withdrawn after the students got an assurance from the Vice Chancellor that their concerns would be conveyed to the state government.

VC had earlier declared that the bill has already been passed in the state assembly.

To another question he said, education minister Partha Chatterjee and Governor K N Tripathi have called him up and inquired about the situation.

The government also proposed student councils, modelled after the St Xavier's College system, to replace the unions.The EC had on Thursday met at the university to discuss academic and administrative matters, including the structure of the proposed students' council.

Under the umbrella of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students' Union (FETSU), students across all disciplines had demanded the Executive Council oppose the order.

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