Last month, the HRD Ministry awarded IoE status to five public-funded institutions — IIT-Madras, BHU, IIT-Kharagpur, DU and University of Hyderabad — which would get up to Rs 1,000 crore for expansion. However, JU and Anna University’s IoE tag, despite the UGC’s recommendation, was put on hold.
This will be the first visit of the governor, also the JU chancellor, to the university. The Court meeting is usually attended by the vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellors, heads of departments and representative of the higher education department.
Das and Ghosh fell ill following a ruckus on the JU campus on Thursday, during which Union minister Babul Supriyo was heckled and gheraoed by the students. Later on Saturday evening, both of them were discharged from the hospital.
Jadavpur University (JU) violence: The protesters alleged that Supriyo had insulted and threatened some students. The JU fiasco turned so violent that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had to rush to the university in the evening to rescue Supriyo.
Later in the evening, students of JU took out a rally from their campus to Gol Park and back to the campus. They held banners and posters, which denounced the vandalism of the institute by ABVP members.
The Minister of State for Environment, Forest & Climate Change had claimed that he was assaulted by some JU students, while the students alleged that they had been attacked by ABVP members who also vandalised university property.
A statement from the Raj Bhavan regarding Thursday’s incident said, “...His visit was rendered imperative as the Vice Chancellor and the pro-Vice Chancellor had left the University while the Union Minister, Shri Babul Supriyo, continued to be detained by the agitating students/persons there...”