Guv asks agitating third-year students to choose between academics and elections

The students appearing for the Part III Honours in BA, BSC and B Com at Calcutta University continued their agitation for the second day on Thursday after the University Authorities had refused to meet their demands of the postponement of examinations.

The students threatened to go to the office of the Election Commission to settle the issue. The University authorities had informed the students that it will consider their demands of postponement of certain examinations if the principals of their colleges inform the university about their inability to conduct the examinations.

When asked about the students’ agitation at a programme of the University of Health Sciences, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi said that students who are joining the movement must decide which is more necessary for them between examinations and elections.

Vice-Chancellor Sugoto Marjit has however announced that the schedule of the examination will remain unchanged and as a result of which the agitating students had decided to submit a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer. The students said that they will face problems in their study due to the use of microphones during the election. Even the students staying in the far away districts will not be able to go to their places for exercising their democratic rights.

The students were staging their agitation in front of the main gate of CU on Thursday evening when the V-C had left the university campus, escorted by the police.

The students started their demonstration from Wednesday with a demand of postponement of the papers slated around the first phase of the elections. They wrote a letter to the V-C saying that the third year students at CU would face problems due to the new schedule. The Assembly elections will take place in various phases on April 4, 11, 17, 21, 25. They claimed that as they have to sit in the examination during the time of elections, it will be difficult for the students to concentrate on their studies. 

It was never easy to appear in the examination at the time of elections for various reasons. The use of microphones will create problems for their study, the students claimed in their letter to the V-C. 

Incidentally, it may be mentioned that the students from Presidency University and Jadavpur University also supported their movement.
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