Calcutta University will frame a model code of conduct to prevent disruptive agitations by students and non-teaching employees on its seven campuses.
Officials said the code would ban gherao, sloganeering and using loudspeakers during class and other instances of disruptive protests.
The syndicate — the highest policy-making body of the university — unanimously decided on Thursday to frame the model code of conduct after “unequivocally” condemning the recent night-long gherao of vice-chancellor Suranjan Das and others by a group of BTech students on the Rajabazar science college campus.
“We (the university) believe in sustenance of democratic rights. But we will not allow any form of movement that disrupts normal academic and administrative functioning of the university,” vice-chancellor Das said after the syndicate meeting.
At the meeting, syndicate members asserted that the model code of conduct was urgently needed to prevent students and employees from disrupting academic and administrative activities.
The syndicate authorised the vice-chancellor to set up a committee to prepare the draft code.
“We hope to start the process of preparing the draft code after the Puja vacation. We will be in a position to implement the code after listening to the opinions of the students’ bodies and employees’ unions,” said Das.
A spate of disruptive agitations by students and non-teaching employees on CU campuses and at Jadavpur University has left governor M.K. Narayanan, also the chancellor of the university, worried.
The syndicate’s decision was in tune with the chancellor’s instruction to the VCs of the two universities to be pro-active in tackling student indiscipline.
The governor had on September 24 summoned the VCs to Raj Bhavan and warned them that recurrence of disruptive activities such as gherao would vitiate the academic atmosphere of the universities. He urged the two to take appropriate steps to prevent students from taking law into their hands.
JU students had recently gheraoed vice-chancellor Shouvik Bhattacharyya and other senior officials for around 50 hours, demanding that the punishment meted out to two students held guilty of ragging be revoked.
Academic activities on CU campuses have been hit several times because of employees’ agitations.
In June, a Hindi exam on the College Street campus was disrupted because of the use of microphones by the CPM-dominated Calcutta University Employees’ Union.
The exam had to be stopped for five minutes after the students complained that the loudspeakers were inconveniencing them. The exam resumed after senior officials intervened and asked the union to turn off the loudspeakers.
On March 26, supporters of the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad had danced to music blaring from loudspeakers for several hours while an undergraduate fine arts test was on and hundreds of students were writing their last Higher Secondary paper at the nearby Hare School.
Last November, the corridor outside the vice-chancellor’s office in Darbhanga Building had turned into a battleground when supporters of two Trinamul factions clashed. MLA Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay later accused a party colleague loyal to MP Mukul Roy of assaulting him in an attempt to stop him from hosting a union programme.
In December, vice-chancellor Das had spoken about a “personal plan” to shift classes from the College Street campus so that students could study in peace.