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JU Executive Council condemns "wrongful confinement" of VC

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Press Trust of India Kolkata
The Executive Council of Jadavpur University today condemned the "wrongful confinement" of the vice-chancellor and EC members by a section of students, especially from the arts faculty.
The varsity decided to conduct admission tests for six humanities' subjects at the earliest, the postponement of which had triggered the agitation by members of the Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU).
"The Executive Council unanimously condemned the wrongful confinement of the EC members from June 25 till date by a section of student, especially from the arts faculty," Pro-VC Pradip Ghosh said.
Ghosh told reporters at the university that an admission committee, formed by the EC, will decide on the modalities of holding the admission tests and decide on the date.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the EC during the day, where the "legal validity" of holding such tests was examined after taking views of experts, he said.
Soon after the announcement, the impasse ended as the agitating students allowed VC Suranjan Das and other EC members to leave the campus at around 4 pm, a JU Teachers' Association (JUTA) member said.
Ghosh said the EC decided that the admission eligibility of every candidate to humanities streams will be based on the '50-50 formula'--50 per cent of the total marks obtained in admission tests and 50 per cent of the total marks secured by the candidate in board examinations.
AFSU leader Somashree Choudhury, however, said the students will continue their agitation in some other manner, till a future course of action is charted out.
"We still need to chalk out certain issues like modalities of conducting admission tests to different streams. We will get back to the EC with our feedback, and then decide on our future course of action," he said.
West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi told reporters on the sidelines of a programme here that he has sought details into the developments from the VC.
West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had yesterday said such agitations would only harm the interests of most of the students, who want to pursue their studies without disturbances.

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First Published: Jun 27 2018 | 7:25 PM IST

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