Expressing displeasure over the ‘fast unto death’ protest of 12 Jadavpur University students, Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi said they should feel proud of their university instead of protesting against its administration.
“Who will stop them from putting an end to their hunger strike? They should feel proud of that university and discontinue their hunger strike,” Tripathi said.
Meanwhile,, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has called a meeting on Friday of the representatives from the university’s students community and administration to end the stalemate over the students demanding the resignation of vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakraborti.
The team of protesting students are scheduled to meet Chatterjee at 3.30 pm in Bikash Bhavan here.
The agitating students, who have been on a hunger strike in front of the administrative building of the university since Monday night, declared their intention of not ending the fast until their demands are met. “We didn’t start it on his advice and thus will end it only when our demands are met. Two more students of the science faculty will join the strike,” said Pritam Das, chairman, Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU).
Health of the protesting students started deteriorating after eating no food in the last 72 hours. A team of doctors who examined the students said the health of most of them was degrading with their blood pressure and blood sugar level falling “very low”.
Students continued to press for the V-C’s resignation in order to take the talk forward. “Our first clause is the V-C’s resignation. If the education minister turns it down, we will walk out of the meeting,” said a protesting student of third year.
On September 17 night, the university authorities had ordered a police crackdown on a gherao by students who were demanding an independent investigation into the alleged molestation of a female student inside a hostel.