Calcutta: Members of a student union at Jadavpur University have assembled Deputy Foreign Minister Suranjan Das and other members of the executive committee in protest against the institute's decision to scrap admission tests in six humanities subjects.
The university announced on Wednesday that it would admit undergraduate students in English, comparative literature, Bengali, history, political science and philosophy only on the basis of their qualifications, revoking their last week's decision to perform entrance tests.
The move has caused new turbulence at the university, with members of the faculty of art students union organizing a sitting in front of Das's offices and other executive panel officials from 6 p.m. On Wednesday, the vice chancellor, however, said he did not understand the reason behind the protest: "We have been confined to our offices for more than 20 hours for a handful of students, who do not understand that the decision to reject the entrance test was taken by the Executive Council. I, like VC, will have to comply with the decision. ", he told PTI.
Gherao is affecting his health, Das said." When talking about the democratic movement, students are infringing our freedom to spend time with family. The gherao is affecting my health since I can not follow certain guidelines from my doctor. On Wednesday night, I was prevented from leaving the campus twice. "
Das, however, stated that he would not seek the help of the police to disperse the students." I will never call the police. Instead, I'll wait until they see the reason in all this turmoil. Why can not they move the court instead of shouting at us? "Das said, contradicting the vice chancellor's argument, Somasree Chowdhury, the president of the Student Union of the Faculty of Arts (AFSU), said that the administration of the JU had been "frequently changing their position" in matters of admission.
"They (the authorities of the JU) are playing with the future of the 17,000 candidates who have filled out the forms for admission to different channels. There is no way we can accept this. We will continue our sit-in until the university restores the previous intake testing procedure. "The decision of the executive council was motivated by the views expressed by West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee of having a" uniform admission system ". in all state universities, Chowdhury alleged.
Chatterjee had said last November that the university should admit students on the basis of the grades obtained on the board exams, the JU Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharya, after announcing the decision to scrap the entrance exams, told reporters yesterday that the council's decision comes after the "dislike" among a section of teachers for their prior decision to involve outside experts in the admission procedure.
"There were few possibilities to perform entrance tests after addressing the concerns of our teachers, given the limited time we have available, "said Pro-VC Pradip Ghosh, who was also present at the press conference. "In view of the uncertainties faced by thousands of candidates, we decided to follow the criteria of the marks for this year," added Ghosh.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said yesterday that the admission procedure in all subjects should be similar, but he left it to the respective institutions to make the final decision on the subject. Criticizing the decision of the executive council, a spokesperson for the Teachers Association of Jadavpur University told PTI that admitting students based on their grades can "lower the academic standard" of the faculty of fine arts.
"We will have to admit candidates without proper evaluation of their writing skills, which is a departure from the procedure proven by the Joint Undertaking," he said. Last month, the AFSU paused in the VC for 44 hours after the authorities decided to postpone the admission test in all six transmissions.