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
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
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
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,
Jaipuria College had recently agitated for the same reason.
The Calcutta University has made 60 per cent
attendance mandatory for students of affiliated colleges
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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