The governor on Tuesday summoned the vice-chancellors and pro-VCs of Calcutta and Jadavpur universities and chided them for not seeking the administration’s help when students held them hostage for hours on end.
“You should be more proactive in such situations. You have to take steps so that such unrest are promptly contained,” sources quoted M.K. Narayanan, also chancellor of the two universities, as telling the VCs.
The governor apparently warned the VCs — Suranjan Das of Calcutta University and Shouvik Bhattacharyya of Jadavpur University — that “such precedents (of not being pro-active in tackling student indiscipline) will vitiate the atmosphere at other educational institutions”.
He urged the duo to think of ways to prevent students from taking law into their hands and wanted to know what held the authorities from calling the police when the situation spiralled out of control.
The chancellor, a retired IPS officer, had made his preference for police intervention in ending campus impasse clear when he addressed Presidency University students on April 12, two days after their campus was ransacked by a mob carrying Trinamul Congress flags.