Bhubaneswar, Dec 12:
Student unrest continued in the Vani Vihar campus for the second day on Thursday forcing Utkal University authority to hand over the maintenance of law and order in the campus to the Commissionerate Police.
The authorities have also shifted the examinations of first year post graduate students, which were scheduled on December 13 and 14. The students would have appeared their first semester examination in the first year of PG courses.
“We have decided to shift the examinations following tension in the campus, which has affected the academic atmosphere. However, the remaining exams will be held as per schedule from December 16,” said an official of the varsity.
According to sources, tension occurred today when university officials, including the vice-chancellor, Registrar, PG Council chairman and all department heads held a meeting at the syndicate hall to decide the next course of action following yesterday’s clash between two groups.
Some students reportedly heckled a professor of the History department and also demanded the resignation of the Registrar and PG Council chairman accusing them of not taking any action against the errant students. The university authorities failed to rein on the agitating students and had to hold the meeting with the help of police.
“We welcome the decision of the University authorities to hand over the law and order issue to Commissionerate Police. Since no action is taken against the errant students, who are few, the situation turns violent,” said former students’ union president Tanmaya Swain.
Meanwhile, the incident has fuelled the simmering infighting among the staffs of the University. While a group supporting the PG Council chairman and the Registrar has squarely blamed the vice-chancellor seeking his ouster, the other group put the onus on the Registrar.
“The mastermind behind such incidents is the vice-chancellor, who is inciting the students to go against us. While such incidents continue unabated in the campus, the state government and ministers have remained mute spectators and are not taking any action against the vice-chancellor,” said an official.
The infighting between Registrar and vice-chancellor of the University began virtually as soon as the Registrar assumed charge.