Cops not needed in campus polls: Governor

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There is no need for police deployment during student union elections in the state, Governor M K Narayanan has said. The students should avoid violence, he said at the sidelines of the 55th convocation of Jadavpur University.

While delivering the convocation address, he criticised the role of students. Democractic protests by students is welcome, he said, but these days students are taking recourse to tactics like gherao and violence, which should be discouraged. "The doors of the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors are always open for discussions."

On December 17, the Governor had said that campus violence was leading to serious injuries and fatalities and was "adversely affecting the image of a state, which has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the pursuit of knowledge."

His statement makes it imperative for educational institutions to lend an ear to students' grievances. So far, the college and university authorities were dubbing the instances a law and order problem.

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