JU students bat for student body polls, hold demo
Kolkata: Jadavpur University (JU) was on the boil since Tuesday afternoon with a section of students from arts, science and engineering bodies resorting to a sit-in demonstration in front of the administrative building of the varsity, pressing for the student union elections.
Vice-chancellor of the university Suranjan Das and some senior administrative officials could not go out of the campus till reports last came in.
The protesters claimed that it was January last year when the elections were held.
"When we urged the vice-chancellor to hold elections, he said that the government has sent an order that elections across educational institutes in the state will be held in June. We strongly oppose this. JU has a statutory body and the vice-chancellor can call the meeting of the executive committee (EC) and take a decision on the elections," an agitating student said.
He further said that they will not agree to a students' council with nominated members and demanded student union elections in the varsity.
It may be mentioned that the government charted the reforms in the wake of clashes during student union elections at colleges across the state, including Kolkata.
"We want the vice-chancellor to tell the government that the JU executive committee has decided to refrain from enacting the proposed changes," a student said.