SFI calls off 154 day old agitation in Himachal Pradesh University campus

“We are happy that the University has agreed to most of our demands. The Vice Chancellor is willing to revoke the expulsion of SFI activists”, said Noval Thakur, a SFI leader.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: September 7, 2016 4:57 am
SFI members take out a ‘victory rally’ in Shimla.  Express Photo by Lalit Kumar  SFI members take out a ‘victory rally’ in Shimla. Express Photo by Lalit Kumar

The Students Federation of India (SFI) Tuesday called off its 154-day long protest after getting an assurance from the Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai that all their demands will be considered sympathetically.

Even as the RUSA issue continue to remain a boiling point in the campus but the Vice-Chancellor’s tactical move to get SFI leaders across the table may help the university to bargain on issues being raised relating to campus affairs, including the VC’s resignation sought by SFI and CPM.

Officials said that Bajpai asked the SFI leaders ,who had assembled in the campus for a maha-rally, to submit their proposals in writing which will be considered for decision.He also assured to withdraw disciplinary action taken against six SFI activists and pave their way for a return to the classes. The SFI later took out a massive procession in the campus to celebrate their victory over acceptance of their demands.

“We are happy that the University has agreed to most of our demands. The Vice Chancellor is willing to revoke the expulsion of SFI activists”, said Noval Thakur, a SFI leader.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has invited the Vice Chancellor to discuss the RUSA results and the steps required to be taken to make the necessary corrections.