There appears to be no pause to the continuous scenes of agitation at Presidency University, as the campus once again echoed with another round of protests on Saturday.
Around 200 students from different students’ unions staged a protest near the registrar’s office on Saturday. They demanded that the Hindu Hostel be repaired at the earliest. The hostel premises at College Street has been undergoing repair since 2015.
The students claimed that the hostel which was supposed to be completed within 11 months still remains under renovation, even though three years have passed. Monjima Dasgupta, president of SFI at Presidency, bewailed that the vice-chancellor, Professor Anuradha Lohia, herself had given in written that the Hindu Hostel would be habitable by 15 July.
Later, this was shifted to 1 August. But the hostel needs to undergo a lot of repair work before being made available to the students.
Soumi Nandi, secretary of SFI at the university, said: “We approached the authorities on Friday but due the absence of the highest authority, which is the V-C herself, the registrar and the deans could not do much to resolve the problem. So we have decided to continue with our protest indefinitely.”
Another student of third year claimed that many students have been staying at rented accommodations in the city but are unable to bear the cost.
It being a Saturday, the authorities did not turn up in office, nor were they available over the phone. So, around 60 students resolved to continue protest in the university campus till Monday.