KOLKATA: The students of Presidency University, who have been protesting against the delay in completion of the renovation of Eden Hindu Hostel, received support from some former students, academics and members of the alumni association on Sunday.
The 100-odd students are demanding that they be allowed to shift into the section of the hostel where renovation work is drawing to a close. The university authorities have said it would take another five to six months to complete the renovation of the heritage structure, which depends on the “allocation of revised fund requirement”, the request for which has been submitted by the university authorities to the state government.
Amal Mukherjee, a former student, former principal of the erstwhile Presidency College and a former boarder in Hindu Hostel, sent a voice note to support the protesting students.
“I am unable to go to the campus due to an injury, but I extend my support to your cause. It is unfortunate that the renovation of the hostel is taking so long. It should have been completed much earlier. I urge the authorities to finish the repair work immediately as students are facing inconvenience,” said Mukherjee.
The members had said that the renovation work of the heritage structure was taking very long which was causing problem for students from the districts.
Advocate Arunava Ghosh visited the university in the afternoon and expressed his solidarity with the students. Academic Pabitra Sarkar, too, met the protesting students. “We hope the issue is resolved soon,” said Sarkar. The renovation work at Eden Hindu Hostel started in July 2015. After missing several deadlines, it was decided that the students would move in on August 1, 2018. But the university missed that deadline too, sparking protests from 60-odd boarders who stay in a temporary accommodation in New Town. After an inspection of the hostel along with university authorities earlier this week, the students demanded that they should be allowed to move into the blocks where the work is near completion. The sit-in in the main building of the university over this demand has been under way since Friday
“We had requested many former and current students to come and encourage us, but many of them could not make it due to heavy rain and water-logging. They, however, did assure us of their support,” said Ranit Dutta, a second-year student.