Bengal education minister urges JU students to stop gheraoing varsity authorities – education

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West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday called upon a section of Jadavpur University students to shun the path of gheraoing senior varsity functionaries to press for their demands.

Chatterjee, when asked approximately a 12-hour gherao of the university’s vice chancellor, pro-VC and registrar by some engineering students final week, said the students will have to not resort to such forms of agitation that cause physical stress to their teachers.

“Several times up to now, I had urged a section of JU students to surrender the path of gherao of their teachers, which is akin to physical torture. Students will have to explore other avenues and talk to us to unravel the outstanding issues,” he said.

Chatterjee pointed out that Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das, Pro-VC Chiranjib Bhattacharya and Registrar Pradip Kumar Ghosh had fallen ill because of the gherao, which will have to have been have shyed away from.

Abhik, a former office-bearer of the Faculty of Engineering Students and Technology Union, said, “We remember that because of the pandemic situation, authorities could not release the results on time and the on-campus activities could not start.” “But there were problems regarding the declaration of results even after 11 months, which was once affecting students professionally. Engineering students urged the authorities to address the issue and they also agreed approximately the gravity of the situation,” he added.

He said the students never gheraoed the teachers but organised sit-ins urging the authorities to speak about the issue with them to find a time-bound solution.

“Students are also staying on the campus for long hours for the academic issues that wish to be addressed by ignoring health hazards because of the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.

Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das, when contacted, said he was once engaged in a assembly.

Goutam Maity, senior faculty member and spokesperson of the JU chapter of the All Bengal University Teachers’ Organization (ABUTA), flayed the students for “physically preventing” senior varsity functionaries from leaving the assembly place and said the teachers is probably not pressurised by the agitating students to ratify their demands in this way.

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