West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday called on a section of students from Jadavpur University to avoid the way of senior gheraoing university officials to press their demands.
Chatterjee, when asked by some engineering students about a 12-hour gherao from the university vice chancellor, pro-VC, and registrar by some engineering students, said that students should not resort to such forms of agitation that cause physical stress to their teachers.
“Several times in the past, he had urged a section of JU students to abandon the path of the gherao of their teachers, which is similar to physical torture. Students should explore other avenues and talk to us to solve pending problems, ”he said.
Chatterjee noted that Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das, Pro-VC Chiranjib Bhattacharya, and Registrar Pradip Kumar Ghosh had fallen ill from gherao, which should have been avoided.
Abhik, a former official with the College of Engineering Students and Technology Union, said: “We understand that due to the pandemic situation, the authorities could not publish the results in time and the activities on campus could not begin.” “But there were problems with reporting results even after 11 months, which was affecting students professionally. Engineering students urged the authorities to address the issue and also agreed on the seriousness of the situation, “he added.
He said that the students never criticized the teachers, but instead organized sit-ins urging the authorities to discuss the issue with them to find a solution with a time limit.
“Students are also staying on campus for long hours due to academic issues that need to be addressed while ignoring the health dangers due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.
Vice Foreign Minister Suranjan Das, when contacted, said he was busy in a meeting.
Goutam Maity, a senior faculty member and spokesperson for the JU chapter of the Bengal University Teachers Association (ABUTA), flayed the students for “physically preventing” senior varsity officials from leaving the meeting place and said that teachers will not be pressured by him agitating students to ratify his demands in this way.