PIL filed in Cal HC seeking action against agitating Jadavpur University students

A PIL seeking action against Jadavpur University students who are on a hunger strike over the new admission procedure and a return of normalcy at the educational institution was filed before the Calcutta High Court today.

The university was embroiled in a controversy over changed admission norms for some undergraduate courses and a group of students were on hunger strike demanding a return of entrance exams for courses in six subjects.

The petition was likely to come up for hearing on Thursday.

The petitioner, Rama Prasad Sarkar, claimed that the agitation was hampering educational activities at the university prayed that action be taken by the authorities to ensure a return to normalcy.

Making the secretaries in the education and home departments of the West Bengal government respondents in the petition, Sarkar also prayed for marking of a designated area in the campus for students to hold any demonstration or meeting or dharna.

He prayed that a police outpost be set up at the university to prevent any untoward incident and for checking of identity cards of students at the entrance to keep out outsiders from the campus.

A division bench of the high court had in connection with another agitation over a different issue on September 24, 2014 directed that normal educational activities must be ensured at Javadpur University and willing students be allowed to attend classes, the petition added.

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