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Taking serious note of a group of students putting lock on the main gates of Allahabad University during a protest on August 2, the administration has initiated the process to either suspend or rusticate those involved in the act. Those facing action include eight students of which three are office bearers of the Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU).
All eight are members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS. The AUSU office bearers who face rustication include vice-president Vikrant Singh and joint secretary Shrawan Jaiswal while cultural secretary Jitendra Shukla has been suspended for a semester. All three are in the final year of their graduation courses.
The accused, meanwhile, claimed that the administration was behaving like a “dictator” and has initiated the action “without taking into consideration our view”. They said they would chalk out a plan and begin a protest from Monday over the “illegal action”.
On August 2, the students, under the banner of ABVP, staged a protest alleging mass cheating in the entrance examination of post graduation course and Combined Research Entrance Test (CRET) held in June, and locked the main gates. They demanded that the entrance exams be held again.
The authorities claim that locking the gates was an attempt to “prevent the entry of the vice-chancellor into the campus”, which was foiled by calling the police. The students later staged a protest at the Arts faculty gate. No FIR was lodged into the matter.
Chief Proctor, AU, Professor Harish Kumar said that disciplinary action against eight students has been taken on the basis of an “inquiry report”. None of these students live in the university’s hostels and authorities had sent notices at their homes, he added.
Kumar added that following the allegation of mass copying during the entrance exam, an inquiry by a high-level committee was conducted. The entrance examination process was videographed. The committee found allegations of copying at one centre true and the university cancelled the exam of that particular centre. The re-exam was fixed for August 10, he added.
Meanwhile, AUSU vice-president Vikrant Singh, who is facing rustication, claimed that they were trying to meet the vice-chancellor for past several days to hand over the memorandum, but were not allowed. Later, they decided to lock the gates.
“Locking of the gate did not affect other students. It was a peaceful protest which ended after sometime. Action against me and other seven students, who are all ABVP members, is unjustified and it is a dictatorship. University administration never issued any showcause notice to hear our woes. We are holding meeting of students’ union to chalk out our plan,” said Vikrant, adding university administration has sent notices to their residence instead of handing over to them.
Other students who faced rustication include Anand Singh a second year student of law and Surya Prakash Mishra, a research scholar and also vice-president of ABVP Allahabad Mahanagar unit.
Those facing suspension, besides cultural secretary Jitendra Shukla, include Himanshu Pandey of final year graduation, Anubhav Upadhyay (first year law) and Nalini Mishra (second year globalisation & development programme).