Calcutta, Sept. 18: The vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and registrar of Jadavpur University have been kept confined to the administrative building from 4.30pm by students demanding revocation of punitive measures against two final-year students found guilty of ragging.
Slogan-shouting students are squatting on the portico of Aurobindo Bhavan, the main administrative building of the varsity at Jadavpur.
The university authorities said there was no question of revoking the decision.
“We will stick to the decision of penalising the students found guilty of ragging. We have also communicated the action-taken-report to the University Grants Commission,” registrar Pradip Ghosh said.
The alleged ragging had taken place at the hostel on the Salt Lake campus of the university on August 23. A second-year student of the IT department had lodged a complaint of physical and mental torture with the UGC’s toll-free anti-ragging helpline. The UGC had forwarded the complaint to the university.
The two students — belonging to the construction engineering and printing technology departments — were found guilt by the anti-ragging committee set up by vice-chancellor Shouvik Bhattacharya.
While one of them was expelled for a year, the other was suspended for six months. The expelled student will have to take readmission.
JU students had been protesting the punishment since its announcement on September 10. They gheraoed the officials after a dialogue fell through this afternoon.
“There was no ragging. It was a mere altercation between students in a hostel. The decision should be reconsidered,” a DSF member said.
Pro-vice-chancellor Siddhartha Dutta said only the governor could revoke the decision as it had been formally accepted by the varsity and conveyed to the UGC.