Kolkata: The students at Jadavpur University (JU) today lifted their gherao agitation after three days, allowing pro-vice chancellor Pradip Kumar Ghosh to go home.
This happened on a day Chancellor and Governor KN Tripathi advised the students to be disciplined and maintain decorum.
“Unity is one thing and discipline is another thing. The students should behave in a disciplined manner and not hurt the vice-chancellor,” Tripathi told reporters on the side-lines West Bengal State University at Barasat in North 24-Parganas.
The Governor was referring to the heckling of JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das by the agitating students on 19 February. Since then, Das is on sick leave and the pro-VC is looking after the affairs of the university.
The lifting of the gherao by the students happened today after the registrar forwarded to the state government a memorandum that the students had submitted demanding election to the students’ union at the earliest.
The teachers of the varsity also held a meeting with the agitating students and requested them to lift the gherao as the varsity has communicated the demand to the government.
The students then held a meeting of their general body and subsequently announced the lifting of the gherao that they had launched on Friday 22 February afternoon.
They, however, has clarified that their agitation for union election will continue until the state government does not meet the demand.
With the students lifting the gherao, pro-VC Ghosh went home from the campus after having spent three days in his officer chamber at Aurobindo Bhavan, the administrative building of the university.
Earlier in the day, a team of doctors examined the pro-VC in his chamber as he has developed a fever and cough on being confined to his chamber since 22 February.