Kolkata: The students of Jadavpur University performed victory march in the campus after they were finally granted their demands, the university decided to go back to the earlier system of giving 50-50 weightage to Class 12 marks and entrance exams. Jadavpur University authorities held an executive council meeting on Tuesday to find a solution to ongoing protests over their decision to do away with entrance exams for six Humanities subjects. The move comes after they received a message from Governor and Chancellor Keshari Nath Tripathi Monday, asking them to resolve the matter.
Meanwhile,University V-C and Pro-VC and two representatives of the state government, have however, registered their dissent against the decision.And have expressed to resign.
Five of the protesting students around 20 of whom have been observing a hunger strike since Friday night , said their strike would continue until the outcome of the meeting is known. Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU) chairperson Somashree Chowdhury was hospitalised on Tuesday after her health deteriorated.
However, the students are still not willing to call off the protest as the modalities of the decision are yet to finalized whether the entrance exams for the six arts faculty departments will be conducted by internal teachers or “external” ones. The students are still waiting for an official word from the university.
The decision to go back to the original format was taken by the institution’s Executive Council, which held an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The body met twice after Governor and JU Chancellor KN Tripathi had on Monday asked the university authorities to end the impasse at the earliest.
Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das had also urged the agitating students to call off their hunger strike on Monday.
Tripathi was responding to a report submitted by university authorities on Saturday, seeking his advice to resolve the ongoing impasse.
In his reply, Tripathi asked authorities to abide by the decision of the executive council. He also asked Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das to use his power as per the statute of the university to take necessary action.