Jadavpur University VC under siege as stir against student union reforms grows

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Government will decide: Jadhavpir University VC to agitating students

However, both JU and Presidency University were untouched by violence.JU students have demanded that the government instruct other varsities to follow their example of peacefully conducting union elections, instead of imposing the reforms on them.

The sit-in had started at 2 pm yesterday when the 15 EC members, consisting VC and others met at the conference hall of the building.

"The state government has issued the order and being a state university we have to accept it", said Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Prof Suranjan Das. "Unless the authorities accept our demands, we will not lift our agitation", said Sounak Mukhopadhya, first-year PG student of the Film Studies department.

Das had told the agitating students that since the Bill has already been passed in the state assembly, the university can not adopt any stand on its own. "There can be various opinions regarding the order, but there are democratic ways to convey it".

The students of the JU also took to wall graffiti voicing their protest against the move. They are free to go.

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Students belonging to the three students' unions at the university staged a sit-in-demonstration on Thursday demanding that the Executive Council (EC), the highest-decision making body of Jadavpur University, reject the government order and continue holding students' union polls.

The Mamata Banerjee Government has announced its plan to dissolve the elected political unions in the colleges or universities to stop campus politics.

The members of AFSU demanded that Jadavpur University adopt a resolution describing the government's notification as "undemocratic" and "unacceptable".

"According to the Newspaper, We will not agree to a students' council with nominated members", said Jubi Saha, one of the agitating students.The government had charted the reforms in the wake of clashes during student union elections at colleges across West Bengal, including Kolkata. "But they will have to go through us", an agitating student said.

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