Islampur, Sept. 11: Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad members today locked up Islampur College for an indefinite period demanding that around 1,000 students who had applied for admissions to first year undergraduate courses be taken in.
The college has total 2,500 seats for BA, BSc and BCom honours and pass courses but this year around 3,200 students have already been admitted.
Today at 10am, around 100 Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad supporters locked up the college gate and demanded that 1,000-odd more students be admitted.
“We have taken in students far in excess. We will hold a meeting of the governing body and take a decision (regarding more admissions). I would advise the applicants to seek admission to Chopra College where the admission process is still on,” said college principal Utathya Banerjee.
Chopra College is 25km away from Islampur.
Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad leader Parvez Alam alleged that the college was not taking in more students for the sake of Chopra College.
“The authorities of Islampur College are asking students to enrol themselves in Chopra College that has only 300 seats and its building is yet to be constructed. Where will so many students go? We will not withdraw our agitation till the college authorities grant admission to all the applicants,” Alam said.
The president of Islampur College’s governing body and local Trinamul MLA, Choudhury Abdul Karim, said he had taken up the matter with college principal Utathya Banerjee.
“I have asked for a detailed report from the principal and told him to convene an urgent meeting of the college governing body to discuss the issue. I will also talk to the agitating students as no solution can be found out by locking up the college gate,” Karim said.
“The future of the students is at stake and we will have to look for a solution,” he said.
According to sources at the Islampur police station, a police team had been sent to the college this evening.
“The college principal filed a complaint around 5pm today against unnamed persons for locking up the main gate of the college. We are looking into the matter,” said an officer of the Islampur police station.