Jadavpur University VC, Registrar Leave Campus After 25-hour Gherao

Kolkata: Jadavpur University vice chancellor (VC), registrar and other senior officials left the campus on Tuesday night after a section of the students gheraoed them for around 25 hours.

A pro-vice-chancellor and other members of university’s Executive Council (EC), the highest decision making body of the institute, were also gheraoed by the students, an official of the university said.

Member-students of the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU) and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union were agitating to press for their demand that the infrastructure of the Centre for Disability Studies and Rehabilitation be improved with Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) funds.

The RUSA – a centrally sponsored scheme – aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.

The gherao, which began around 8 pm on Monday, was lifted shortly after 9 pm on Wednesday after the EC agreed to look into their demands.

“I have left the campus after being confined since yesterday evening. I will not lodge any complaint against the students for confining me and other teachers. But what they did is undemocratic,” VC Suranjan Das told PTI.

He, however, thanked a section of agitating students for taking the initiative to end the stalemate.

AFSU leader Debraj Debnath said the sit-in will continue.


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