Presidency students agitate over delay in Hindu hostel renovation
Kolkata: Presidency University students staged protest and raised slogans against the alleged delay in completion of the renovation of heritage Eden Hindu Hostel when Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi , who is the chancellor of the university, was present on the campus.
He was there to inaugurate the Presidency Museum on Friday.
The Presidency Museum has been set up to mark the completion of the 200th year of the institution.
The agitating students raised slogans like 'Hindu Hostel debona' (won't give away Hindu Hostel) and 'Halla Bol' and waved placards as a mark of protest. However, they did not stop the governor's convoy when it entered or exited the campus. Presidency Vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia and Mentor Group 'chairman' Sugata Bose was accompanying the Governor. .
Members of Students Federation of India, Independents Consolidation and Democratic Students Organisation held sit-in demonstration in front of the main building
of the University.
"In the name of renovation, we won't allow the Presidency authority to destroy the heritage of the 200-year old institution. Apart from being a part of Presidency's heritage, Eden Hindu Hostel is very conveniently located for students from the districts. So, we will not let it to shut down," Students Union president Suvabrata Ganguly said.
The Eden Hindu Hostel had been closed since July 2015.
State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said we have to talk it out with the agitating students in this regard. "Agitation from the students is nothing wrong but it should have some modesty. It is crystal clear that they are being mislead by someone," Chatterjee said reacting to the agitation at Presidency.
The Governor refused to comment on the students' agitation while speaking to reporters.