Kolkata, 25 August: THE student agitation at Presidency University is not showing a sign of ending anytime time soon as the agitators have refused to enter into a dialogue with a committee formed by vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia on Tuesday.
Presidency University student union led by Independent Consolidation, said that the seven-member committee formed by the VC has only teachers and hence it lacked the authority to recommend administrative measures to address the demands of the students.
On Tuesday morning, the VC went to the university after a two-day gap since she was allowed to go home by the agitating students on Saturday evening after having confined her to her chamber for nearly 24-hours over an alleged police assault on students inside the campus.
The students, who are organising a sit-in in front of the VC’s chamber wearing gags, tried to deter Prof Lohia to enter her chamber but did not apply force. Prof Lohia made it to her office with very little resistance and later told a Press conference that she has formed a seven-member panel to talk to the agitating students.
“The committee has the six head of departs and the dean of students. I have requested it to speak to the students and submit a report to me with observations and recommendations by next Tuesday,” she said.
Soon after this, the students held a general body meeting of their union where they decided not to open a dialogue with the panel formed by the VC. “The committee is comprised of only teachers, who themselves are at the receiving end from the VC and hence, there is no point in talking to it. We could have considered the matter had the panel at least included the registrar as a member,” said Satyaki Majumdar on behalf of the students.
Presidency University has been witnessing a student unrest since 21 August after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the campus to handover some financial aid from the state government.
The students who waved black flags to Miss Banerjee are angry because the police are yet to book the culprits of the 10 April 2013 infamous vandalism at the varsity’s heritage Baker’s Lab, which was allegedly perpetrated by the Trinamool Congress.
The students had confined the VC to her chamber from around 5 pm on 21 August demanding that she resign for her failure to stop an alleged assault on the agitating students inside the campus.