Presidency University protests: Students close varsity gate, demand better hostel

Published on: Sep 10, 2018 17:16 IST
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The students at the Presidency University have shut down the gates for everyone in order to showcase their protest against the varsity for not meeting the demands of providing proper hostel them. The Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar were not allowed to enter in the campus. Slogans like “The University has been closed indefinitely as the repair work of the hostel is going on,” were held high by the students. This particular protest by the Presidency University students is for the demand for a hostel. Many hostellers have brought their belongings and are sleeping on the corridor. These students have also proclaimed that they will stay on the campus until they are been shifted to the Eden Hindu Hostel. The protesters have refused to go to their temporary hostel in New Town, as the living condition there is uninhabitable. As far as now, about six to eight students have been infected with mosquito born diseases, malaria or dengue.

“The Presidency University will be closed indefinitely until the boarders will be shifted to their hostel. At one end, the students are dying and the Vice-Chancellor is busy with the convocation programme. She is solely responsible for the degrading condition of this varsity,” stated a protesting to the Indian Express. According to the sources, the Hindu hostel was closed for renovation since July 29, 2015, and around 150 students were relocated to a makeshift accommodation at New Town, which is over 15 km far from the Presidency University.

Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia condemned the protesting students’ behaviour. “At no point, the students can justify stopping the work process of the university. We are concern about the condition of the Hindu hostel and we are trying to complete the repair work as soon as possible,” she proclaimed. As far as the convocation ceremony is concerned, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow, the VC stated, “We are trying to conduct the convocation tomorrow but this sudden act of some students may delay the process.”

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