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Emergency meet on JU sports seats

Protests by the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) prompted the Jadavpur University authorities on Monday to announce an emergency meeting on Friday to review a decision to grant a student admission under the sports quota.

The TMCP has alleged that the executive council, JU’s highest policy-making body, decided to allot a seat to the student, son of a teacher in the architecture department, violating university rules.

According to TMCP supporters, the student, who claims to be a chess player, does not have the qualifications to be admitted under the quota.

“An emergency meeting of the executive council will be held on Friday where we will review the sports quota admissions this year,” said JU registrar Pradip Kumar Ghosh.

The counselling of students who have applied in the sports category was scheduled on Monday.

A large number of TMCP supporters assembled outside the main administrative building around 9.30am and started shouting slogans. They gheraoed vice-chancellor Souvik Bhattacharya when he arrived on the campus around 10.30am, demanding withdrawal of the decision to admit the student.

After discussing the matter with university officials and teachers, the vice-chancellor announced the emergency meeting.

A source in the university said the student whose admission has been challenged by the TMCP had secured admission in the JU architecture course through the counselling process for non-quota students but as he wanted to study core engineering, had also applied under the sports quota.

According to the source, his name was not on the shortlist prepared on July 25 of 16 candidates found eligible for admission to engineering courses under the sports quota.

“The application of the teacher’s son had been rejected as the kind of tournament he had participated in did not establish his credentials as a sportsman,” the source said.

After the list was declared, the student reportedly appealed to the authorities for permission to submit a certificate proving that he had participated in an international chess tournament organised by a private body in Surat.

The authorities had accepted the appeal and decided last week to admit the teacher’s son under the sports quota on the basis of the new document that was submitted.

“The procedure of granting the sports quota seat was unfair. Why should only a single student be offered this special relaxation?” asked Shagir Hussain, president of the JU unit of TMCP.

Teachers under the banner of the anti-Left All Bengal University Teachers’ Association also met the vice-chancellor on Monday and threatened to start an agitation if the authorities granted the teacher’s son a sports quota seat.