On Tuesday, students of the Presidency University questioned the motive behind stopping the vice chancellor Anuradha Lohia and other officials from entering the campus on Monday which prompted the university authorities then cut short the convocation ceremony and to shift the program to Nandan depriving the students of their degree.
“Getting a degree in convocation is a dream moment for every student, which they cherish throughout their lifetime. Depriving them of this moment is blasphemous”, says Presidency student Sudhir Chatterjee. Some students, who reside outside Kolkata, flew down to the city just to receive the degree wanted to know why the issue was not resolved through dialogue and escalated to a level which forced the authorities to shift the ceremony out of the campus at the last minute.
"The vice-chancellor made it clear on Monday morning itself when she was stopped at the gate that it would be difficult for her to hand over all the degrees because they were not signed. They were supposed to do several important things related to the convocation on Monday. There is no point asking now why we have not received our degrees," said Paramesh Das, a chemistry graduate who came from Kharagpur to attend the convocation.
Protesting over the delays in the repair of Hindu Hostel with the help of some other students locked all the gates of the university on Monday morning and stopped the VC and other authorities from entering the campus. Pre-empting trouble during the convocation, the authorities shifted the ceremony to Nandan.