Jadavpur University

Gherao at Jadavpur University over admission procedure

The members of a students’ union at Jadavpur University have gheraoed Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and other executive committee members in protest against the institute’s decision to scrap admission tests in six humanities subjects.

The university yesterday announced that it would admit undergraduate students in English, Comparative Literature, Bengali, History, Political Science and Philosophy only on the basis of their board marks, reversing its last week’s decision to hold entrance tests.

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The move has led to fresh turmoil in the university, with the members of arts faculty students’ union staging a sit-in before the offices of Das and other executive panel officials since 6pm yesterday.

The vice-chancellor, however, said he failed to understand the reason behind the protest.

“We have been confined in our offices for over 20 hours by a handful of students, who fail to understand that the decision to scrap the entrance test was taken by the Executive Council. I, as the VC, will have to abide by the decision,” he told PTI.

The gherao is taking a toll on his health, Das claimed.

“While talking about democratic movement, the students are infringing on our freedom to spend time with family. The gherao is affecting my health as I am unable to follow certain guidelines by my doctor. Yesterday, they stopped me twice from leaving the campus.”

Das, however, asserted that he would not seek police help to disperse the students.

“I will never call the police. Instead, I will wait for them to see reason in this whole agitation. Why can’t they move court instead of gheraoing us,” Das said.

Countering the vice chancellor’s argument, Somasree Chowdhury, the chairperson of Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU), said the JU administration had been “frequently changing its stand” on matters of admission.

“They (JU authorities) are toying with the future of 17,000 candidates who have filled up forms for admission to different streams. There is no way we can accept this. We will continue our sit-in till the university restores the previous procedure of holding entrance tests,” she said.

The executive council’s decision was prompted by the views expressed by West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to have “uniform admission system” in all state-run universities, Chowdhury alleged.

Chatterjee had said last November that the university should admit students on the basis of marks obtained in board exams.

JU Registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharya, after announcing the decision to scrap entrance tests, told reporters yesterday that that the council’s move comes in the wake of “displeasure” among a section of teachers over its previous decision to involve external experts in the admission procedure.

“There was little possibility of conducting entrance tests after addressing the concerns of our teachers, given the little time we have in hand,” Pro-VC Pradip Ghosh, who was also present at press meet, said.

“In view of the uncertainties faced by thousands of candidates, we decided to go by the marks criterion for this year,” Ghosh added.

Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said yesterday that the admission procedure in all subjects should be similar, but left it for the respective institutions to take the final call on the issue.

Criticising the executive council’s decision, a spokesman of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association told PTI that admitting students based on their marks may “lower the academic standard” of JU arts faculty.

“We will have to admit candidates without proper evaluation of their writing abilities. This is a departure from the JU’s time-tested procedure,” he said.

Last month, the VC was gheraoed for 44 hours by the AFSU after authorities decided to postpone the admission test in the six streams.



Jadavpur University

Jadavpur University: Larger than life

The birth of Jadavpur University ensued when illustrious Bengali personalities like Rabindranath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh, Raja Subodh  Mullick, Brajendra Kishore Roychowdhury aimed at establishing an institution on “national lines and under national control” to challenge the hegemony of British rule over education by offering edification to the masses.

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This larger than life state university, located in Kolkata, West Bengal, encompasses 36 university departments, 21 interdisciplinary schools, 40 centres of study, offering 39 under-graduate courses, 57 post-graduate courses, with elevated research and laboratory facilities along with the Central Library and the Blue Earth Workshop.
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Notable Alumni

Over the years, the institution has witnessed its share of highs and lows, but has never failed to produce notable characters like the great singer Hemant Kumar; the Chairperson of the State Bank of India, Arundhati  Bhattacharya; Padma Shri holder Saroj Ghosh and many others comprising an astounding alumni fraternity who has contributed heavily to the society.
The tolerant environment of the college serves as a privilege for the freshers to enjoy complete freedom to be oneself. It whole-heartedly embraces the amalgamation of pupils, hailing from the Engineering, Science and Art compartments. The students under the Arts Faculty get themselves allotted to departments like English, Comparative Literature, International Relations, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Bengali and Sanskrit.
juThe college is best known for its Department of English which has successfully managed to attract some of the leading scholars and researchers of India. Mentees inclined towards science enjoy studying Computer Science, Life-science and Biotechnology, Geological Sciences, Library and Information Science, Chemistry and Physics. Possessing a score of minimum 2000 in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam, allows the budding engineers to get admission in either civil, power, electrical, chemical or telecommunications engineering departments.


After back-breaking classes and laboratories, the food hungry students flock to the cost effective canteens of the university. Students are captivated by Mani Da’s Food Cafe which offers mouth-savouring dishes like Garlic Fried Rice, Dry Chilli Chicken or White Pasta. While, home-type sustenance is provided by the Shuruchi and Staff canteens. Nepali platters like momo and thukpa are also available at Denzon, a small shop constructed along the college boundaries. However the speciality of J.U. lies in “dhop er chop and lonka cha”, a food made of fried bread with chicken filling and tea with chilli seeds exclusively available at Milan da’s canteen. To reinvigorate energy the students in the sultry heat are often seen sipping onto lemonades, lassis, cold coffees, iced-teas obtainable from any of the canteens.

Also Read: 10 Food joints in and out at Jadavpur University

Fashion and Culture
Jadavpur University encourages an intermix of Indian culture and contemporaneity. This is undoubtedly discernible in the apparels worn by the students which ranges from T-shirts, kurtas, half-pants, jeans in men while long skirts, shorts, sarongs, ripped jeans, sarees, churidars, kurtis and tank-tops in women. It festers a boho-chic style of fashion with students having heterogenous hairstyles, dyed in shades of blue, green, red, pink, violet or blonde. However the distinctive vogue of J.U. comprises of a kurti paired with jeans, accessorised with a jhola(a sling cotton bag), colourful bangles and a bindi in women along with a kurta, jhola and jeans for men. The authority is of the opinion that in a multicultural country like India, one should not impose any specific dress code, thereby promoting liberal approach and having a faith on the students, who are intelligent enough not to cross the limits of decency.

Cultural Fests
Thorough fun, frolic and enjoyment is experienced by the mentees during the end of March, when the college celebrates its annual fest ‘Sanskriti’. This grand event draws participation from other reputed colleges of Kolkata intensifying the competition to an awe-inspiring level. The fest is wrapped with events like debate, quiz, treasure hunt, poetry slam, student’s performance and fashion show. fashionApart from ‘Sanskriti’, the college also hosts the largest Model United Nations (M.U.N.) in the city, the International Film Festival and International Departmental Conferences. Handful of opportunities are proffered to the students, who willingly sharpen their skills with the help of Drama and Dance Club, Jadavpur University Photography Club, and Jadavpur Debating Society. Exploiting these prospects any fellow can turn into an overnight sensation in the campus by promulgating his flair.
musicThe Jadavpur campus stretches for about 58acres, incorporating green zones, mushroom parks, ponds, lakes and trains. Nevertheless the real beauty of J.U. lies in its huge campus, yet being a tiny world in itself. Beauty of J.U. is in knowing which dish to taste at each of the different canteens. Beauty of J.U. is in enjoying the amazing live music at Worldview while the students strum their guitars and ukuleles. Beauty of J.U. is in celebrating Durga Puja twice a year. Beauty of J.U. is in those secret crushes and failed romances. Beauty of J.U. is in believing in its motto, ‘to know is to grow’, while watching the world pass by, knowing everything will ultimately fall into place.

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10 Food joints in and out at Jadavpur University

You are in Jadavpur University and you haven’t been able to taste the tea at Shyamol Da?
Well then must ate the ‘Dhoper chop’ at Milon Da?
Must have had a adda at AC canteen then? Still an answer is no?
Jadavpur is literature, music, science, protests and also is food. Its in and out canteens make Jadavpur one which we call Jadavpur.Let us travel the 58 acres campus and discover what it has to offer us:

1. A.C. Canteen

An Adda hub of all the in house ‘Atel’- intellectual just inside the campus after a righ turn. Definately its name suggest an all air conditioned place but actual name being Aminity Centre Canteen surely will clear all doubts. Taste the most cheap food in JU here while enjoying the free wifi over countless addas.

2. Milon Da

Right opposite the campus attraction ‘Worldview’ resides the canteen of Milon Da, offering the troll ‘Dhoper Chop’ to everyone it has its share of agony, claiming to have the most watered tea at the world. Although if you are at Worldview, bump here and grap a fountain of Coke.

3. Moni da(Bonami)

Expensive of all, but food offered tremendous. Residing just beside the lotus pond of Ug Arts, the canteen here has your favourite pasta and noodles speciality. Crispy baby corn and spring rolls are a must try. And at summers and winters, seasons speciality are served. Mixed fruit Pudeens at summers and Kachoris at Winters. Mouthwatering.

4. Sujit Da
sujit da

Walk towards the one and only Open Air Theatre at JU and find your ‘pocket crunch phase’ place. Sujit Da though offers the most healthy food with dishes like parotha-chilly chicken and more such combos at reasonable rates. Jadavpur breakfasts here.

5. Post Office Canteen
post office

You are at Greenzone and need something to eat? Here is your ‘having adda’ place with a proper afternoon meal. order your ‘bhat-dal-mach’, they have seasons fresh each time. A pocket saver.

6. Suruchi(Ashirbad)

Just near the engineering playground and ‘jheel paar’, you have your continental cuisine zone. Pulao;done. Dosa;done. Chowmin;done. Dahi Vada;done. Being a student pocket money range, with much to provide and nice seating arrangements, suruchi is here for hungry stomachs.

7. Staff Canteen

Near the Engineering union room, a canteen offering snacks, meals and drinks at reasonable rates. With a huge seating area, you can spot your proffesors eating your favourite dish there. Fried rice-chilly chicken being the best seller.

8. CET canteen
cet canteen

Looking for authentic bengali cuisine? CET canteen is the place. Offering complimentary meals of bhat with fish curry, egg curry and chicken specialities, it can be your lunch spot everyday. Just opposite the JU Electrical Engineering department, also with full speed wifi.

9. Shipin la Denzong

A small chineese stall just besides Char no. gate is offering the taste of China just within your pocket money. Thukpa, Tai Po, Momo Specialities and pork dishes, if you find a craving for juicy momos, stop by here.

10. Shyamol Da Tea Stall

Acclaimed by The Times Of India, Shyamol Da runs his own cafe with hot pouring tea, maggie, toast and flavoured biscuits. Tea is love, hence the recipe of Shyamol Da. Join in. At Char no. gate JU.
From Jadavpur with love.
Bon Apetite!!

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Prem, Porasona, Politics and more: Jadavpur University

Hectic March tragedies,college hunting phases, nervous entrances, selection lists and of course insomnia with ‘Cha’. A sure shot bong aspiring student routine just after boards. And then it transcends to being ‘Atel'(intellectual) here at Jadavpur University(JU)- a place like none. With offerings of a haloed campus, idiosyncrasies and quirks of youth and immense talent, simply a hemisphere of Prem, Porasona, Politics.( Love,Studies,Politics).

Here we celebrate the cojones of its air and breathe revolution.

1. Entrances

Just after your boards amidst sheer nervousness and future rescuing propositions, JU entrances provides a fresh start of building an argumentative Indian out of you. Grab your jhola, pen and talent and start arguing the system.

2. Low fees
Low Fees

One of the greatest things about JU is even if you’re coming from an extremely needy family, you won’t have to worry much about your college fees. The fees are as low as Rs 1200 / semester and exam fee is Rs. 10/subject. Even an online food portal charges more than that.

3. Diverse Education and disciplines
Diverse Arts

Jadavpur University offers the diverse streams of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. There is a wide variety of Engineering courses either be Mechanical or Environmental, quite the same with arts- subjects like Comparative Literature, International Relations or Sociology are new budding disciplines.

4. JU Brotherhood
Shyamal Da Tea

The JU brotherhood is something to see either on the streets chanting slogans or the galvanising addas over ‘Shyamal Da-Cha’. The senior junior relationships are overrated with countless debates or countless football games at the Engineering Matth(playground).

5. The Lingo
Ju Lingo

In JU, you’ll learn a whole new level of Bengali language. “Ke re Bhai?”,”Sitter na niye”, “chaap”,”katiye de”, “Hyal”, “Lyadh” etc are first invented and used on the lands of Jadavpur by the bohemians of the University.If you don’t understand the meanings of these, you simply don’t belong to JU.

6. Central Library
Central Library

From Animesh-Madhobilota to Hegel or from class notes of Renaissance to poems of Shakti Chattopadhyay, this is every Jadavpurians destination, the must to go place for a research scholar or a hangout zone of friends while making notes. The CL of Jadavpur University also contains a well established digital library with wholly equipped computers and softwares designed for library works.

7. Existence of an Open Air Theatre

The massive luscious campus of Jadavpur also surprisingly contains an open air theatre one of its kind in Kolkata. Either its Sanskriti( Cultural fest of Ju) or Freshers or some contest, the JU OAT is the destination for your evenings with music playing around and drinks or might be some joints to have some ‘hyal’

8. Zoned out places
Worldview adda

The zones of Jadavpur which completely zones you out are numerous, there is WORLD VIEW- an adda place of in house musicians and ‘atels’ opposite water like-tea serving Milon Da’s canteen. Evenings are composed of JHIL PAAR and GREEN ZONES for bottles of beer and puffs of joints. Don’t forget to visit the galleries of in house artists at the CL LEDGE zoning you into some inception with graffitis.

9. Rally at 1:40
Ju Rally 2

Campus is hot and both literally while figuratively, the state has again unleashed its lumpency and JU students wont sit back, here your class consciousness and marxian studies will force you to shout your lungs out saying ‘Azadi’ chanting slogans, clapping hands, holding red flags, the campus would retreat and at just 1:40 pm it organises itself for another united movement.

10. The campus of Hokkolorob
Ju Rally

Either its Hokkolorob or ‪#‎STANDWITHJNU‬ or its FTII or its the movement of HCU, JU never forgets the legacy of freedom and dissent which the 1970s taught this institution, this campus is no island or a disney tomorrowland, its a reality, a voice, a student force who knows to retaliate, it stands with the ideals of Ambedkar and Chandrasekhar , it remembers Konan Poshpora, it remembers the last words of Rohith Vemula.

Prem, Porasona, Politics and more

Welcome to Movements, Welcome to Jadavpur University.