Demanding early student council elections, the students of Jadavpur University (JU) continued their gherao of the vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor, registrar and some executive council members on Saturday. The gherao, which began at 4pm at the V-C’s chamber on Friday, went on for 32 hours with no signs of a breakthrough.
The students want the council polls to be held in February and have decided to press on with the agitation till such time their demands are met and a notification on the elections issued. They also clamoured for an audience with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the varsity.
While the executive council decided to hold the polls in February, the state government asked the members to hold off on their plan till later. The term of the current council expires in January.
On Saturday, the executive council held a fresh meeting and Bimal Roy, who has filed nomination for the post of chancellor to the council, set up a meeting between the agitating students and the governor.
Despite pressure from the agitating students, V-C Suranjan Das held firm while inviting them for talks to break the impasse. However, he said he won’t call the police to lift the gherao.