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Friday , August 3 , 2012
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Boycott threat after Visva timing change

Bolpur, Aug. 2: Agriculture science students of Visva-Bharati, who boycotted classes today to protest new timings under the five-day-week schedule, threatened to launch an indefinite agitation after a meeting with faculty members fell through.

The agitating students squatted in front of their department at Palli Shiksha Bhavan. Around 11am, an eight-member delegation of students met principal Gopal Chandra Dey and other faculty members for about two hours.

After the meeting, the students said their demands were not met. “Our demand of reverting to the old timing was not met. So we have decided to boycott classes till our demand is met,” a student said.

However, Dey said the demands were met partly but classes would begin from 9.30am.

A student said: “The principal had agreed to give a lunch break from 1.30pm to 2.30pm instead of the half-hour recess that has become effective for other courses. He also told us that the practical classes would be reduced by 15 minutes to get prepared for theory classes.”

Earlier the students had their practical classes from 6.30am but after the new five day week timings all classes will begin at 9.30 am.

A student said that in the old timing, they returned to hostels at 8.30 am and had two hours to have bath and food before theory classes at 10.30am.

“But now all classes are being held from 9.30 am. It will be difficult for us to complete practical classes at that time because it becomes hot in the fields,” said a student.