Visva Bharati University vice-chancellor 'gheraoed' by students

Visva Bharati University VC and protesting students had a heated argument and accused each other of misbehaving and manhandling.

Visva Bharati University vice-chancellor 'gheraoed' by students Visva Bharati University
Press Trust of India | Nov 24, 2022 - 9:23 a.m. IST
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KOLKATA: A section of students on Wednesday allegedly gheraoed Vice-Chancellor of Visva Bharati University Prof Bidyut Chakraborty at his office within its campus. Chakraborty, who had a heated verbal exchange with the agitating students, numbering around 40, told reporters present at the spot that they “manhandled” him, but he would not succumb to their pressure tactics.

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"All they want is to humiliate me and the teachers as I had sought to bring discipline in the academic and administrative affairs of Visva Bharati. They want to throw the august institution founded by Rabindranath Tagore into lawlessness. I won't let that happen," the V-C asserted.

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The students, including PhD scholars, accused Chakraborty of threatening and misbehaving with them for protesting against his “high handedness”. "We had submitted a charter of demands about ways to improve the academic functioning of the institution to the V-C's office 10 days back. However, as there was no response, we wanted to discuss with him, but he abused us," claimed Visva Bharati student and spokesperson of SFI Somnath Sow.

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