Kolkata’s Presidency University sets up committee to solve student unrest

first_imgKolkata’s prestigious Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia on Tuesday constituted a high-level committee to look into the ongoing student unrest that has rocked the century-old institution. “The students have said that they will not speak to me. I accept their decision and that is why I have formed a committee to enquire into the matter. The committee will submit a report to me within the next seven days,” Lohia told media persons.She said that the university panel would comprise six head of the departments (HODs) who will speak to agitating students about their demands; the reason behind their dissent and head towards a workable solution. Already, a large section of Presidency students have begun a rectification drive following sharp criticism by another section of students who refused to encourage the ugly mode of protest. A general body meeting of students was also called to arrive at a unanimous decision. On Tuesday, a section of students staged a protest outside the V-C’s room, sporting black ribbons around their mouths. They refused to be in-agreement with the committee formation, demanding the inclusion of Presidency registrar in the panel.Sources said that after realising their mistake, a section of students worked actively to erase all objectionable wall graffiti outside the vice-chancellor’s office and other parts of the university.In an unprecedented protest, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday was shown black flag while she attended the convocation ceremony at the University.Meanwhile, West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee on Monday condemned the incident, saying, “A small section of students is creating ruckus in the name of protest.” The education minister further said that Anuradha Lohia is the vice-chancellor of Presidency University now and she would remain so because 98 per cent of students did not take part in the protest.advertisementlast_img

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