Tripathi assures JU students of looking into their demands
Governor and Chancellor of Jadavpur University KN Tripathi on Monday assured students that they will look into their demands of holding campus election within January.
A six-member delegation of the students’ union met Tripathi at Raj Bhavan on Monday where the Governor gave a patient hearing to the students.
After the meeting, Swarnendu Barman, general secretary of Faculty of Engineering Tecnology Students’ Union (FETSU), said the students have told Tripathi about the situation.
They also told him the some problems will arise if the elections were not held within January. Tripathi said he will look into the matter and take legal advice regarding the matter and the decision will be conveyed to the vice chancellor of the university.
Barman said: “The governor has given us a patient hearing and also assured us that he will look into the matter. The students’ union would hold a general body meeting on January 13 to decide on the future course of action.”
When asked whether they will again go back to the protest Barman said: “There is no question of going back to the protests till the issues are addressed properly. We condemn the state’s intervention on the students’ election of Jadavpur University. This is an attack on the democratic rights of the students.”
The Governor had called up JU V-C Suranjan Das on Sunday and asked the executive council members of the university and students to meet him at Raj Bhavan. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that the students’ agitation was ended last night following the assurance from the Governor to look into the matter.
The V-C of the university, its register and other teachers were released on Sunday night after being remained gheraoed for more than 50 hours.
The students started agitation after the state government asked the university authorities not to hold election within February citing a law and order as it will coincide the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examination.
State Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the method of students agitation inside the university campus.