RGU Campus vandalised

Rono Hills: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) vice-chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha’s chamber was allegedly vandalised by the members of the RGU Students’ Union on Monday.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 11 am, when the executive members of the RGUSU arrived at the vice-chancellor’s secretariat for an appointment to discuss issues about the varsity.

An altercation later took place over the RGUSU’s demand to revive the “hostel prefect system” in the university, a source said.
The vandalism had more to do with the attitude of the vice-chancellor, the source said.
The RGU authority has lodged an FIR into the incident.

The university’s public relations officer (PRO) in a statement issued late in the evening claimed that Prof Kushwaha and his security officers (PSO) were hurt in the incident.

“An unruly group of students consisting of the members of the RGUSU forcibly entered the vice-chancellor’s chamber by breaking the door and vandalized the office causing extensive damages to the furniture, equipment and other office items. The PSOs and the vice chancellor were also hurt during the violent incident,” the statement said.
With regards to the demand to revive the hostel prefect system, the PRO said the file was being discussed and processed according to the established procedure of the university.

The file requires discussion and recommendation by the academic council which has to be further approved by the executive council of the university, the PRO said.

The RGU official said the university had substituted the prefect system with a robust system by appointing a chief warden, two wardens for each hostel assisted by a committee which includes members of student-boarders from the same hostel so that the genuine demands of the student-boarders are met.

The students through these committees manage the day-to-day activities of the hostel, including running the mess, the PRO said.

The university authority is yet to decide on the matter but the students preempt that it is an unfair restriction of the prefect system while the same is still under process. Such display of violence by the students that too from the leaders of the students’ community is deplorable and it is desirable that law should take its course, the statement read.

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