Kolkata: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has advised Prof Suranjan Das to continue as the vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University. The Governor extended the advice to Das when the latter called on him at the Raj Bhavan today.
On 10 July, Das had announced that he and pro-vice chancellor Pradip Kumar Ghosh will step down in the wake of the varsity’s executive council reintroducing the entrance test for admission to undergraduate courses due to the student agitation on the campus.
Prior to this, during a meeting with the Governor on 6 July, Das had offered to resign saying that he was exhausted by the continuous agitation and gherao by the students. His doctor had advised him not to subject himself to stress.
Following up on his announcement, the JU vice-chancellor today went to Raj Bhavan and had nearly 1.30 hours meeting with the Governor. On emerging from the meeting, Das declined to divulge anything to journalists and said that it was “strictly confidential.”
Later in the day, the Governor’s Press secretary Manik Banerjee issued a statement which reads that the Governor has advised Das to continue as the VC and at the same time to look after his health as advised by the doctors.
Sources close to Das said that he has agreed to follow the advice of the Governor and continue as JU’s vice-chancellor for the time being.