Kolkata: The students of Jadavpur University (JU) are continuing their sit-in demonstration on the campus demanding an election to the students’ union stalled for the last two years.
The agitating students have clarified that they will not call off the demonstration until a tripartite meeting is convened involving the university administration and the state government representatives to discuss their demand.
The agitating students, who are mostly Left-leaning, have served the university administration 72-hour deadline to work out the tripartite meeting in consultation with the state government.
This is even as state education minister Partha Chatterjee has said that with the Lok Sabha polls round the corner, it is not possible to hold the student union poll now.
Last night, the students, through their demonstration in front of Aurobindo Bhavan, confined pro-vice chancellor Pradip Kumar Ghosh and joint registrar Parthapratim Lahiri to their chambers. Aurobindo Bhavan is the administrative building of the university.
As Ghosh and Lahiri tried to leave for home late in the night, the students said that they can go only by trampling the agitators who lied down on the floor. This made the two stay back in their chambers overnight.
Today also neither the pro-VC nor the joint registrar was allowed to go home. The agitating students have said that they will wait for 72 hours for an announcement on the tripartite meeting. After this, they will intensify the agitation.
On 19 February, vice-chancellor Suranjan Das was injured as he got trapped amidst the students agitating for union election. He alleged that the students shoved him and hurled abuses but did not lodge a police complaint.
The last time students’ union election was held at JU was in 2016. Since then, at the direction of the state government, the varsity has been granting extensions to the old panel.
This is because the state government wants to replace the students’ union with a council comprising members nominated by the authorities.