Students of Scottish Church College who had come to attend classes in the morning were left aghast when they found the college closed for an indefinite period.
The decision of the college authorities to suspend classes came very late around 9 pm on Wednesday and the students did not have any prior information of the development. Several students and teachers as a result turned up at the college today only to go back.
Bringing back memories of the chaos at Jaipuria College where classes had to be suspended due to student violence inside the campus the classes of Scottish Church College were also suspended suddenly with the authorities claiming they were ldquo;threatenedrdquo; by the violent behaviour of the students. The teacher-incharge Arpita Banerjee said ldquo;The classes will remain suspended until further notice. The behaviour of the students was unacceptable.rdquo;
The protesting students authorities claimed barged inside the meeting room and started creating a nuisance. The students on the other hand maintained that they were only expressing disapproval of the presence of the rector in the college.
Talking to the media the group of agitating students informed ldquo;The present rector John Abraham is trying to re-establish his dominance in the college once again. We did not like him as a principal. He tried to enforce dress codes and did not treat us fairly. We do not want him anymore.rdquo;
They further added ldquo;A section of teachers who were benefitted by the rector want him to regain his influence.rdquo;
The protesting students also said that the authorities are trying to ldquo;misrepresent themrdquo; by saying that they had resorted to violence and it was unfair to shut the college in this regard.
After reports of student violence allegedly backed by the ruling party’s studentsrsquo; wing surfaced at Scottish Church College the president of Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad TMCP Jaya Dutta on Thursday visited the campus and talked to the college authorities. She denied that the agitating students who were protesting against rector Abraham were in any way ldquo;associatedrdquo; with TMCP.
Speaking to The Statesman Dutta said ldquo;The authorities were suspecting that the agitating students were bring backed by TMC and had association with TMCP but I have dissipated that suspicionrdquo; addingldquo;The college authorities could not produce any proof that the agitating students were of TMCP only.rdquo;
Dutta talked to the agitating students as well and reasoned with them not to create violence inside the campus. ldquo;I have urged the students to maintain peace inside the campus. We will provide all support that the college authorities may seek. I have informed the teacher-in-chargerdquo; she said.
It is noteworthy that the studentsrsquo; union of the college is led by the TMCP and the outgoing cultural secretary against whom charges are being made by the college authorities also said that he is an active member of TMCP.
Talking to The Statesman Abhishek Roy the outgoing cultural secretary claimed ldquo;Yes I am a member of TMCP and I was not there in the agitation.rdquo;
He also claimed that the protest was launched following a joint decision of many students irrespective of any union.
This incident brought to the fore the bitter internal turmoil in the premier institution.
The former principal Amit Abraham had also resigned a few months back allegedly succumbing to pressure of the management committee of the college.nbsp;