Kolkata: The protest by students at Presidency University today completed the second day with no signs of resolution in sight. A section of students is continuing the sit-in demonstration on the campus that they started yesterday.
Led by SFI and Independent Consolidation, the students are demanding that the varsity should take back the five-fold hike in undergraduate counselling fee from Rs 100 to Rs 500 and publish the merit list before the admitting students.
Last night the agitators kept registrar Debajyoti Konar, dean of sciences and admission committee head Arabinda Nayak, and the controller of examinations confined to their chambers. The demonstration continued through the day today affecting academic activities on the campus.
Despite this, the varsity is maintaining that it can do nothing about the counselling fee and the merit list as both are handled by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board.
During the day, the registrar, however, told the agitating students that if a candidate gives an undertaking in writing that he/she belongs to below poverty level, the varsity can persuade the Board to lower the fee for that candidate. The agitators outright rejected the formula saying that the fee should be reduced to Rs 100 for all.
As regards the merit list, admission committee head Arabinda Nayak informed the students that the varsity has a copy of the merit list but since the process is handled by the Joint Board, the varsity cannot legally publish it. The demand of the students has been brought to the notice of the Board but a decision of this will take time.
The students have clarified that until and unless both the demands are met, their agitation will continue.