Visva-Bharati Students Holds Hunger Strike Over Supplementary Exam

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Santiniketan: The campus of Visva Bharati University witnessed fresh unrest on 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.

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“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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