Around 100 BTech students of Rajabazar science college under Calcutta University held vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, pro-VC (academic) Dhrubyajyoti Chatterjee, registrar Basab Chaudhuri and several teachers hostage on the campus over placement crisis.
The main grouse of the students was that only 38 students in the 2012-13 academic year had got job offers through the placement cell of the university. In previous years, they pointed out, many more had been placed.
The gherao started around 2.30pm on Monday and was on even past midnight.
The students first gheraoed several departmental heads and other teachers. When the vice-chancellor, pro-VC and the registrar reached the campus in the evening, they too were not allowed to leave.
Vice-chancellor Das blamed the global downturn for the slump in placement numbers.
We are trying our best to prepare our students for placements. But if a student cannot crack an interview, there is little the university can do, Das told reporters while the gherao was on. The university, he added, would soon appoint a placement officer.
Das refused to speak to the students till they lifted the gherao.
It is unfortunate that students have kept so many teachers confined. It is a violation of human rights. We are always ready to speak to the students but they will have to lift the gherao first, said Das.
A psychiatric patient who had come to the campus for clinical counselling with his mother broke down after getting stuck, said Das.
Last week, students of Jadavpur University held hostage the VC and other senior officials for over 50 hours.