With sit-in protest by students of Presidency University entering its sixth day today, West Bengal Education Partha Chatterjee has directed authorities of the varsity to complete renovation work as soon as possible. The Minister also urged students to call of their protest. The university administration had earlier set the deadline of August 1, 2018 to shift back the students in the hostel from temporary accommodation in New Town. "Had the renovation work of the hostel building been completed on time, the situation might not have come to such a pass," Chatterjee told reporters.
Over 100 students, including 60 boarders, are staging a sit-in since August 3 to protest the delay in completion of renovation. The renovation work at iconic Eden Hindu Hostel, which was established in 1886, started on July 2015 and has missed several deadlines so far.
The students have been provided temporary accommodation in New Town, 15 km away from the campus. However, protesting students claim that most of their time got consumed while travelling to campus and back to the accommodation. Students are demanding that they be allowed to shift in the blocks where renovation work is near completion.
Chatterjee met students a day after Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia met them and took responsibility for the delay and assured students of providing accommodation in the hostel at the earliest. However, she didn't give any deadline. “In the given circumstances I hope the renovation work (of Hindu Hostel) by the PWD is completed at the earliest and the boarders shifted there,” he said.