Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed shock over student politics in premier universities like Presidency and Jadavpur and said she had no faith in politics that did not treat people with respect.
“I was so shocked to hear that Presidency University was selecting Raj Bhavan for convocation. Also, when the respected Governor visited Jadavpur University, students refused to accept certificate from him. I don’t believe in that kind of politics that doesn’t give people their due respect,” Banerjee said at the annual convocation of Calcutta University.
Mamata Banerjee asserted that there should be courtesy in politics. “If there is no courtesy and decency, then I think that there is something lacking in education as education is all about enlightenment,” she said.
Following student protests against the authorities’ alleged failure to shift them back to the Eden Hindu Hostel, the Presidency University authorities had in September mulled shifting the venue to Raj Bhavan to hand over the honorary degrees.
But the plan was shelved as no formal advance intimation had been sent to the Raj Bhavan. The convocation ceremony was then held off campus at a film complex “Nandan” and only the honorary degrees were awarded.