Jadavpur University student’s death: UGC not satisfied with ‘generic’ report by university

Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and other left student organisation supporters stage a protest rally against the death of a first-year student of Jadavpur University, in Kolkata on Thursday.
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The University Grants Commission ( UGC) in a letter to the Registrar of Jadavpur University said that it was not satisfied with the report submitted by the university in connection with the death of a first year university student at its main hostel.

The UGC sought reports from the University via an email on August 13 and the University had replied with a letter dated August 14.

“In this connection, the report submitted to UGC vide your reference letter number R-PA/U-01/139/2023  dated 14 th August 2023 was examined and it was found to be very generic in nature basically mentioning therein mostly the reactive approaches adopted in the matter rather than proactive measures taken to curb the menace of ragging and therefore, the Commission is not satisfied with the report submitted by you,” the UGC said in its letter dated August 16.

Allegations of ragging

The first-year student of the Bengali department fell to his death early on August 10 amidst allegations of ragging by other students. The UGC in its communication has sought compliance on 12 points including whether freshers were lodged in separate hostel blocks and whether leaflets were provided with details of the anti-ragging helpline including telephone number of heads of institution, wardens, anti- ragging squad and police officials. The UGC communication has sought a reply within 10 days of the receipt of the letter.

Meanwhile, Jadavpur University Registrar Snehmanju Basu said on Thursday that she had forwarded the letter to the Office of Dean of Students that maintains data relating to students. Ms. Basu who had earlier claimed that the UGC was satisfied with the response of the University said that she had never said that UGC was satisfied with the letter sent by the University.

Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and other left student organisation supporters in a scuffle with police personnel during the protest against the death of Jadavpur University first-year student Swapnadeep Kundu, in Kolkata on Thursday.

Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and other left student organisation supporters in a scuffle with police personnel during the protest against the death of Jadavpur University first-year student Swapnadeep Kundu, in Kolkata on Thursday.
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The Registrar announced a number of fresh initiatives including increased security and CCTV cameras at the gates. Students will be given identity cards and vehicles will be provided with stickers. The University has also imposed restrictions on movement inside campus from 8 pm to 7 am.

BJP holds rally

 Meanwhile, tension prevailed inside and around the university campus with several rallies and political programmes. Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari held a rally outside the university campus targeting the Left and ultra Left parties and blamed them for the student’s death. After black flags were displayed in a response to the rally, violence erupted and BJP supporters beat up a person. The person who claimed not to be associated with any political outfit suffered injuries to his face and was whisked away by the police.

Earlier in the day there was a scuffle between supporters of Students Federation of India (SFI) and the police as barricades were placed outside the university during a procession organised by the students union. The father of the deceased student has appealed for peace and urged students not to resort to violence.