Calcutta University Gheraoing: After 30Hrs VC Leaves CU Campus

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Kolkata: Calcutta University vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, who had been on the campus since Tuesday, left on Wednesday late evening after being holed up in her office for over 30 hours.

Around thirty students gheraoed five Bengali teachers from Tuesday evening to protest against their decision to bar them from sitting for the first and third semester exams starting February 27. The students have been barred because they failed to secure a minimum of 55 percent attendance which is stated to be mandatory.

Reacting sharply against the incident of students’ gheroaing five Bengali teachers, she said students must learn to abide by the norms of the university. She reminded them that the university authorities will not allow any irregularity.

The number of protesters came down to around 25 by Wednesday evening. Some students claimed that though they were in class, attendance was not registered. Others claimed their inability to attend classes was due to dengue and floods in their districts.

As the students refused to leave the campus, she decided to stay back on Tuesday night. Pro V-C Minakshi Ray, who returned with Chakravarti Banerjee, also stayed back on the campus. It may be mentioned that some of the protesting students, who only have 40 percent attendance, are demanding that the university must allow them to appear for the examinations. The total number of examinees for these two semesters was 753.

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