Visva Bharati Impasse: Protesting students claim shutting down of institution, protest turns violent

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A section of students of the prestigious Visva-Bharati University on Monday claimed that they forcibly shut down the institution demanding revocation of suspension orders passed on seven students on disciplinary grounds. The students also demanded revocation of the decision to sack senior faculty member and economics professor Sudipta Bhattacharya.

A Visva Bharati spokesperson said only a few students participated in such protests and classes were being conducted smoothly in various departments of the central university. Visva Bharati SFI leader Somnath So, on behalf of the protesting students, said that the university has been closed due to Monday’s agitation and they will continue to protest till the undemocratic act of suspension of classmates and Professor Bhattacharya’s dismissal. Somnath is among the seven students suspended.

The action against students and Bhattacharya was preceded by gheraos, sit-ins and rallies inside the campus in late December, where the vice-chancellor and his security guards were allegedly assaulted twice by protesters, prompting the central university to cancel its annual convocation. I was forced to

Rejecting Somnath So’s claim, Visva Bharati spokesperson Mahua Banerjee said that very few students are protesting in a scattered manner. He claimed that this has not caused any hindrance in the academic and administrative functioning of the institute. He further said that I have personally visited the campus, the classes are being conducted as per schedule. If one or two classes are missed, it is a normal phenomenon.

Visva Bharati spokesperson Mahua Banerjee said that I have personally visited the campus, classes are being held as per schedule. If one or two classes are missed, it is a normal phenomenon. Discussion is going on regarding this.

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A section of students of the prestigious Visva-Bharati University on Monday claimed that they forcibly shut down the institution demanding revocation of suspension orders passed on seven students on disciplinary grounds. The students also demanded revocation of the decision to sack senior faculty member and economics professor Sudipta Bhattacharya.

A Visva Bharati spokesperson said only a few students participated in such protests and classes were being conducted smoothly in various departments of the central university. Visva Bharati SFI leader Somnath So, on behalf of the protesting students, said that the university has been closed due to Monday’s agitation and they will continue to protest till the undemocratic act of suspension of classmates and Professor Bhattacharya’s dismissal. Somnath is among the seven students suspended.

The action against students and Bhattacharya was preceded by gheraos, sit-ins and rallies inside the campus in late December, where the vice-chancellor and his security guards were allegedly assaulted twice by protesters, prompting the central university to cancel its annual convocation. I was forced to

Rejecting Somnath So’s claim, Visva Bharati spokesperson Mahua Banerjee said that very few students are protesting in a scattered manner. He claimed that this has not caused any hindrance in the academic and administrative functioning of the institute. He further said that I have personally visited the campus, the classes are being conducted as per schedule. If one or two classes are missed, it is a normal phenomenon.

Visva Bharati spokesperson Mahua Banerjee said that I have personally visited the campus, classes are being held as per schedule. If one or two classes are missed, it is a normal phenomenon. Discussion is going on regarding this.