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NU students gherao VC

PGSU (L) members and the VC (in circle) having a heated argument Monday. (NP)
Correspondent LUMAMI, SEPT 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Sep. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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The 17th Foundation Day of Nagaland University was held at the University headquarters Lumami amidst protest by the student community led by the Post Graduate Students’ Union Lumami (PGSU-L). Earlier in the morning, the PGSU (L) staged protest, holding placards as a sign of resentment against the university authorities for not looking into the welfare of the students. Later, the authorities led by Vice Chancellor, Prof. K. Kannan and others met the agitating students but ended without any agreeable solution. Then, the VC and others proceeded to the auditorium for the foundation day program but the students decided to boycott the program and shouted slogans outside the auditorium though the program continued as planned. Later, the PGSU issued a press release explaining how the entire episode unfolded.
According to the statement, the university bus NL-02-V1641 met with an accident at Sema Settsu while returning from Mokokchung on September 4 at around 4:30pm. Students said that the driver lost control of the bus as it was carrying students far exceeding its capacity.
The PGSU (L) claimed that though the VC was notified and requested to come to the accident site to take stock of the situation, he drove past the ill-fated bus and went to meet the guest for the Foundation Day. Thereafter, the students gathered in-front of the administrative block and requested for his presence in order to share their grievances, but the registrar turned up and instead threatened to bring in the paramilitary force, the PGSU (L) said. The students said they were shocked as the gathering was totally peaceful and reiterated their demand for the presence of VC who turned up at around 11 pm along with him an Army Major (who falsely introduced himself as a different person) and a truck full of combat ready Army personnel. The PGSU (L) said the VC denied involvement regarding the presence of the army. However, the students asked as to what the Army Major was doing with the VC. “Why did, the major falsely introduced himself? If he didn’t bring in the army why was, the officer giving signals to the army personnel’s showing them where to station and when to leave?” the students asked. The PGSU (L) said that the students could pin point who the major was. The students asked the commandant of the 9th AR to clarify the matter at the earliest.
Pointing out that the central government was reluctant to use army even against the Maoists, the student asked the VC as to why he was trying to suppress their rights at gunpoint. “…are we terrorists and are we waging a war by demanding our basic rights”? the students asked.
The PGUS (L) said there were 250 post graduate students who were witnesses to the events and more than willing to testify.
Stating that there has been an acute transportation problem and foreseeing such situations (accidents), the PGSU (L) said it had been demanding adequate transportation i.e to increase the number of buses. The students said that at present, three buses combined were carrying around 100 passengers and asked as to how the three buses could suffice the needs of 300 plus students, teaching and non-teaching staffs, research scholars etc. The PGSU (L) said that the total could come to more than 375. It was pointed out that all the departments were increasing their intake capacity of students from this year.
Taking all these into consideration the students said they decided to meet the VC and requested immediate purchase of two buses, which though insufficient, would relieve the problem to a good extent.

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