JU students protest against West Bengal government's plan of dissolving political unions

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

"But they will have to go through us", an agitating student said. The Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and other officials are reportedly locked-up in the administration building of the varsity.

AFSU leader Somasree said, "We hope the EC will not just forward a letter but endorse the stand of the students against the undemocratic step to supersede democratically elected students union by an appointed apolitical student council".

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.

The state government on June 7 has passed an order directing the authorities to make student's unions apolitical and appoint a teacher at respective universities to handle the union funds.

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The protests were withdrawn after the students got an assurance from the Vice Chancellor that their concerns would be conveyed to the state government.

As per the report, Das has barred officials from leaving the office premises to avoid any unfortunate incident as the students are squatting at the entrance of Aurobindo Bhavan, the administrative building.

A section of Jadavpur University students, who were protesting against the West Bengal government's directive to replace the existing students union with a nominated students' council, called off their agitation early on Saturday after almost 36 hours of demonstrations. The Executive Council - the highest policy making body of the institute - has written to the government that stakeholders are opposed to the decision. The students also demanded that the institution must adopt a resolution describing the government's notification as "undemocratic" and "unacceptable". The bill was passed in the Assembly, and the Governor of West Bengal gave his consent. "We will appeal to the students to end this kind of protest", said state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee. The bill will allow the West Bengal government to set up rules for conducting students' body or union election.

Jadhavpur University students on Thursday started a sit-in demonstration outside the Vice-chancellor office in Kolkata as the Executive Council (EC) meeting continued.

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