Taking suo-motu cognizance of the violence at Presidency College in April this year,the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) Tuesday recommended the state government to formulate guidelines to deal with cases of unlawful activities by students in educational institutions.
The WBHRC noted that the police had failed to do its duty to maintain law and order in the University. Even though the law is clear,such guidelines are required to to be made as police often fail to discharge their duties according to law to tackle unlawful activities by students in educational institutions, its said.
ON April 10,2013,a large number of students carrying TMCP flags forced open the gates of the University and vandalised the campus.
Taking a suo-motu cognizance of the incident,the state human rights commission set-up a special team under Prof Amal Mukhopadhyay,former principal Presidency College,and other educationists to inquire and submit a report to the commission.
The commission examined Commissioner of the Kolkata Police Surajit Kar Purakayastha and other police official of the Jorasanko police station.
In its recommendations the WBHRC also observed that,This (violence) has resulted in serious erosion of values and vitiated atmosphere in many educational institutions in the state. Instances of lawlessness by the students are on rise,which must be curbed,not only to protect the human rights of innocent students and helpless teachers,but also to maintain the purity and sanctity of these institutions.