Kolkata: After putting student union polls on hold for over two years in four state universities, the West Bengal government has allowed varsities to conduct the elections whenever they deem appropriate.
A letter in this regard was sent by the assistant secretary of state for Higher Education Department to the vice-chancellors of Jadavpur University, Presidency University, Rabindra Bharati University and Diamond Harbour Women's University on Thursday.
"With reference to the communication received from your end and consultations with different stakeholders, I am directed to inform you that you may hold the elections to the Students' Union/Students' Council as deemed fit," the letter read.
"We have issued a notification to hold students' union elections in the unitary universities (varsities that act as a single unit without any affiliated college under it). The schedule of the polling will be decided by the university administration concerned," Education Minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters.
The students of Jadavpur University had staged sit-ins and gheraos in 2017 and 2018 demanding that the students' union polls be held.
Representatives of the Students' Federation of India and the Arts Faculty Students' Union (AFSU) had twice met Chatterjee over the demand. AFSU has welcomed the move.