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Students’ gherao of Jadavpur VC continues

Kolkata: Agitating students at the Jadavpur University here have gheraoed their vice chancellor and other officials since Friday evening over holding of students’ union elections.

The students have been demonstrating following an advisory issued by the West Bengal higher education department asking the state-run varsity to hold the elections after the state assembly polls.

“I am hoping we can sort out the issue by discussions. I have faith in the students,” Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das told IANS.

The vice-chancellor, the pro vice-chancellor and registrar of the university, along with the executive council members spent the night inside the campus as protesting students have demanded the vice chancellor notify the elections on February 18.

The varsity has witnessed similar events in the last couple of years. In 2014, students carried out a sustained agitation demanding the removal of the then vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti for ordering a police crackdown on students.