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Saturday , September 8 , 2012
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Gherao at JU over admission

Trinamul Chhatra Parishad gheroed Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Souvik Bhattacharya till late on Friday to protest the decision to set up a committee that will review — not probe — the decision to admit a teacher’s son under the sports quota, allegedly in violation of norms.

The gherao, demanding a probe panel, started at 7.30pm and went on till 10.30pm, with the protesters preventing Bhattacharya and others from leaving after the executive council meeting that decided to set up the review committee. Among the others gheraoed were pro VC Siddhartha Dutta and registrar Siddhartha Dutta.

The authorities, however, refused to bow to pressure, leaving the students with no option but to lift the siege.

“Since the decision to hold a trial for the student for admission under the sports quota was allowed by former VC Abhijit Chakrabarty, it won’t be proper to start a probe without verifying facts. So, we have constituted the review committee to examine the facts. The next course of action will depend on the panel’s report,” said a member of the executive committee.

The Trinamul Chhatra Parishad said it would move the higher education department, demanding a probe committee. “We will ask the department to probe the matter,” said Shagir Hussein, the president of the organisation’s JU unit.

The students’ group and an anti-CPM teachers’ body had accused the council of breaking rules by admitting the student to an engineering course under the quota.

A university screening committee selects students under the sports quota. It had rejected the student’s application and did not change its decision after he sent a second application to the vice-chancellor.

But the university authorities placed the matter before the executive council that decided to admit the student.