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Presidency meeting

Calcutta, July 26: The Presidency University governing board, the newly formed decision-making body of the institution, today apparently discussed at its first meeting the student agitation over more postgraduate seats.

Vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia, however, denied having broached the issue at the meeting.

But a source said: “Lohia explained that the university authorities were in touch with the agitating students and were trying to explain to them why it was impossible to absorb all undergraduate students in the postgraduate courses.”

According to a Bengal government directive, a university can fill only 60 per cent of its postgraduate seats with its undergraduate students.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee said he did not support the demand of the agitating students.

Lohia said the postgraduate syllabi of subjects such as geography and chemistry were approved at today’s meeting.