Kolkata: Trouble at City College of Commerce and Administration

KOLKATA: After a gap of a week, trouble returned to college campus when 35 teaching and non-teaching staff of City College of Commerce and Administration were forcefully detained overnight inside the college campus on Friday. It was only after principal Sandeep Pal accepted a memorandum from the agitated handful of students who couldn’t qualify to appear in the Part I and Part II exam that the ghrerao was lifted and candidates dispersed the scene.
The college authorities have refused to allow 350 B.Com Honours and general students from filling up the form to appear in Part I semester I and Part II semester III examination which is scheduled to start from next week after they failed to meet the requisite attendance criteria of 60%.

On Friday evening out of the 350 students only 20 headed for the principal’s room and then demanded to be allowed to take the exam. When they were refused, a gherao started, resulting in chaos. The college authorities refused to budge as Calcutta University has already taken a strict stand and has asked the colleges to abide by the University Grants Commission rule.

Pal said, “there are 350 students who have been prohibited and more than 1000 candidates have been allowed to fill up the Part I and Part II form. Around 17 to 20 students who secured almost zero attendance on Friday demanded that they will have to be allowed to sit for exam. We were gheraoed whole night, even some students brought blade and threatened to commit suicide. We asked them to stay outside the campus. We were 35 teaching and non-teaching staff to stayed put.”

On Saturday early morning, after another round of altercation a group of students went into the principal’s chamber to hand over a memorandum. “I accepted the memorandum. I told them that I am accepting it just because I am their teacher. I have communicated to the students that I would place it before the authority who will take a call. There is no way to fudge the attendance since it is unjustified for all others who have attended classes. It is also beyond rules,” Pal added.

Violence over shortfall in attendance had erupted in several prominent colleges affiliated to CU including and .

Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Monday had clearly stated that the onus is on the colleges and state government will not with the decisions. However the minister was displeased with the allegation by a section of students that their attendance in general course classes were recorded on a white paper.
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