S tudents of Jadavpur University are on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the main administrative building in the campus.
The hunger strike has been called to protest against the decision of the authorities to stop entrance examination in certain streams including the Arts Department.
The move was made allegedly under pressure from Trinamool government that wants board exam results to be the sole criteria for admission in all colleges and universities.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has said there cannot be two sets of rules in one education system and hence admission on the basis of marks secured in board examination should be the uniform criteria for the admission.
Most of the university faculties and students are seeing this as a threat to the autonomy of this pre-eminent institute.
Students and most of the faculties at JU see this as a threat to the autonomy of this premiere institute.
In this deteriorating condition, Suranjan Das, the Vice Chancellor of JU had offered to resign from his designation but Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi advised him not to take any hurried decision. Instead, the governor, who is also the chancellor of JU have inquired about the sequence of events happening in the campus.
Now students, continuing their hunger strike, have demanded an emergency meeting. University registrar, Chiranjib Bhattacharya claimed that a report regarding the situation has been sent to the governor and said that they will wait for his advice.
Smriti Sinha, one of the protestors in JU, said We are protesting against the admission process. Initially, they have said that it will be based on the cut off marks of class 10 and 12. Then they said that it will be based on 50% of the boards marks and 50% of the admission entrance marks. After that they said, it will be a multiple choice question exam, which is not at all possible in Arts. Later, they said they are withdrawing the entrance exam.”
“We will be on an indefinite hunger strike. We have demanded an emergency EC meeting at 12 p.m. If that is not conducted, we will continue our hunger strike till death, Smriti added.
We are here for 33 hours. 20 of us are on a hunger strike claiming that the autonomy of the university has been curbed by various state influences. Our only demand is that there should be an entrance based admission process as designated by the EC on 27th June, said Anushka, another student of Jadavpur University.
News credit : Indiatoday