Student Protest Continues In Visva-Bharati

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Santiniketan: The protest of Visva-Bharati students in demand of supplementary examination steps on the fourth day on Tuesday. One student suddenly fall ill but their protest will continue.

Reportedly, Visva-Bharati authority has cancelled the supplementary examination by issuing an official notice. According to the previous rule, students can sit for the supplementary examination within six months of the result. But that rule has end its time.

Previously, students held protest to bring back supplementary system. The complainant alleged, Visva-Bharati authority will discuss the matter in their weekly meet. The Vice Chancellor Sabujkali Sen said, “In the examination instruction there’s no mention of supplementary examination. I can not take decision alone.”

 

The campus of Visva Bharati University witnessing fresh unrest from late Saturday afternoon with some undergraduate students staging a sit-in demonstration in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s room in the central office building, demanding introduction of supplementary examinations.

Three of the agitating students are on a hunger strike to press for their demand and have threatened to intensify the movement if they are not met. A few days back, the students had put V-C Sabujkali Sen’s office under lock due to the same reason.

“We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested,” an agitating student said. It may be mentioned that the university follows a semester system at the undergraduate level.

Previously, when a student failed to clear a semester, there were facilities for supplementary examinations. However, after a section of teachers and academicians raised concern over the supplementary examinations stating it was affecting the standard of education, a series of meetings were held and the decision of scrapping such examinations was taken.

A year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, the authorities had brought out a notification stating there will be no supplementary examinations at the undergraduate level. These students who are agitating in demand of supplementary examination have not been able to clear one or two semesters. A senior VB official said the students’ demand have already been communicated to MHRD but there has not been any response as yet.

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