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PTI Kolkata
Updated: 08-12-2018 20:40 IST

Around 50 students of City

College of Commerce and Business here gheraoed the principal

and other faculty members for 17 hours, demanding that they be

allowed to sit for first semester exams despite not meeting

the required 60-per cent attendance.

The gherao at the evening college by B.Com first-year

students began at around 9 pm on Friday night and was lifted

at 2 pm on Saturday, following the intervention of Calcutta

University authorities.

The protesters, however, vowed to continue their

agitation if their demands were not met by Wednesday.

Principal Sandip Paul said the college will not

succumb to the pressure tactics of a "small section of

students who had abstained from classes most of the time", and

asserted that no promise had been made about allowing those

having lesser percentage to sit for exams.

Sutirtho Chatterjee, one of the agitating students,

claimed their group was not allowed to fill-up forms for the

first semester exams with poor attendance figure cited as

reason, but many other students were not barred in spite of

not having the requisite attendance.

"The rule should be uniform for everyone," he said.

Paul, however, denied the allegations.

A section of students of Heramba Chandra College,

Shibnath Shastri College, Behala College, Gurudas College,

Jaipuria College had recently agitated for the same reason.

The Calcutta University has made 60 per cent

attendance mandatory for students of affiliated colleges

writing the first semester exams under the Choice Based Credit

System (CBCS).

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has made it

clear that agitation against the attendance figure was only

taking place in six-seven colleges, while in other colleges,

numbering over 100, there was no such issue.

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