The students on fast at Jadavpur University.
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Kolkata: The executive council of Jadavpur University (JU) has called an emergency meeting as the fast-unto-death by students has entered the third day today.

As many as 20 students ~ both boys and girls ~ are on a fast demanding restoration of entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses, instead of direct admission on the basis of class XII score that the varsity has decided following a verbal advice from the state education minister.

One of the girls on fast has been taken ill today and she has now been admitted to a hospital at Jadavpur. The condition of the remaining fasting students is deteriorating fast.

In view of this, the executive council of the varsity has convened an emergency meeting tomorrow. The meeting will be held at the varsity’s administrative office to take a re-look at the decision on allowing direct admission.

Governor KN Tripathi, who happens to be the chancellor of JU by virtue of his chair, today communicated to the university that only the executive council can take a final call in the given situation. His opinion came after vice-chancellor Suranjan Das wrote to him seeking his advice.

Das today walked up to the fasting venue of the students on the campus and enquired about their health.

“Since I am in the chair I have to abide by the EC’s decision on direct admission. If I were not in the chair, my stand would have been different… You will not see me (in the chair) for long,” the vice-chancellor told the students with reports trickling in that he has offered to resign.

Meanwhile, 12 teachers from the philosophy department today wrote to the VC recusing themselves from the admission process in solidarity with the fasting students. Teachers of English department had recused themselves last week itself.