Visva-Bharati University tells HoD to keep rustication order in abeyance

Three expelled postgraduate students had sent separate emails to the proctor on September 9 urging him to allow them to attend classes after Calcutta HC order.

Visva-Bharati University tells HoD to keep rustication order in abeyance Visva Bharati University dissolves rustication order
Press Trust of India | Sep 11, 2021 - 3:08 p.m. IST
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KOLKATA: Visva-Bharati University authorities have notified two expelled students that the rustication orders issued against them on August 23 was not being implemented now in adherence to the recent order of Calcutta High Court.

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Three expelled postgraduate students - Somnath Sow, Falguni Pan and Rupa Chakraborty - had sent separate emails to the proctor on September 9 urging him to allow them to attend classes immediately as directed by the high court. In a related development, the proctor called upon the Principal of Vidya Bhavana and the Head of the Department of Economics and Politics, Vidya Bhavana to keep in abeyance the rustication order on Friday.

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"With reference to the Honourable High Court’s order dated September 8, the rustication orders have been kept in abeyance. You are requested to take appropriate actions accordingly. This is for your immediate action," the letter said. The two economics students are Somnath Sow and Falguni Pan. The expelled music department student is Rupa Chakraborty.

A varsity official said a similar notice will shortly be issued to the head of Sangeet Bhavana to enable Rupa to attend classes. The three students were expelled on August 23 for alleged disorderly conduct during a protest meeting in Visva-Bharati campus on January 9.

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The varsity has been witnessing demonstrations by students against the expulsion since August 27. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha in his interim order on September 8 had observed that the rustication of the students for three years was harsh and excessive. He had directed that the varsity's expulsion order be kept in abeyance and allowed the students to rejoin classes.

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