Kolkata: PEEVED over the alleged absence of job placement, a group of students has vandalised the Netaji Subhash Engineering College located at Garia Panchpota on the southern fringes of Kolkata.
The engineering college is a private institute owned by the Techno India Group, which also owns a private university and several schools, colleges in Bengal.
The students, mostly belonging to fourth-year engineering courses, started an agitation on the campus from Monday afternoon. They alleged that while there are 720-odd students in the fourth year, the institute has facilitated placement for only around 200 students.
Despite repeated representations from them, the college authorities were allegedly not taking initiative to ensure placement for the remaining of the lot. Further to this, the director of the institute, Hrishikesh Mondal, have allegedly been denying to hear out the students even as their courses were about to conclude.
Demanding that the authorities must announce a time-bound placement facility for all the final year students, the agitators confined the principal Amal Kumra Ghosh and the director to their office chambers.
As the agitation lingered beyond the evening, some youths and men forayed into the campus started threatening the students to call off the agitation. These outsiders also got into a physical confrontation with the students, aggravating the situation.
Peeved at this, the agitating students then carried out massive vandalism in the college. They broke glass partitions, furniture, decorative exhibits, etc. Finding the situation going out of control, the college authorities called up Sonarpur police station.
It was then that a large police team arrived around 11 in the night and asked the agitators and the outsiders to vacate the campus. The police intervention calmed down the situation but the students continued with their sit-in agitation overnight.