The student leaders said the VC should immediately withdraw the militancy order and change its “anti-student, undemocratic approach” or hand over its papers, as the movement has entered its fourth day.
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Three students – two from the economics department and one from the music department – were deported on August 2 for three years for disorderly conduct. A university official said the students were given the opportunity to defend their case before the investigating commissioner appointed by the university, but they were “unexpected”.
Ghosh, a national-level SFI leader, told reporters that he wanted to support three students who were facing an uncertain future because of the VC’s “tough decision”.
“It cannot be sanctioned. We promise full support to Visva-Bharati students. In fact, from JNU to Visva-Bharati, whenever VCs are appointed by the BJP government at the Center, there is an attempt to crush liberalism, impose an opinion school,” Ghosh demanded. .
He said students at the central university would have to decide which way they would go to protest, but the SFI would stand by them.
Bhattacharya, on his part, alleged that Visva-Bharati’s decision to temporarily suspend admission to UG and PG courses in the wake of the protests was aimed at “illuminating” the agitating students.
In a notice on Monday, the university said the admission process was being postponed because the VC, whose approval is regularly required, is currently under “blockade”.
Members of the faculty known near the vice-chancellor visited the site to establish peace between the university authorities and the students, but all efforts failed as the protesters stuck to their demand for revocation of the expulsion order.
“We have come here ourselves, as stakeholders. We do not represent the university authorities but we are concerned about the turn of events. We are here to see if discussions can start. They are our children,” one of the faculty members told reporters.
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