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Lack of dialogue cause for concern: Central team probing violence at AU

The violence had erupted after students protested against the eviction of fellow students from the university hostels and had gheroaed the V-C in his office for 30 hours.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: May 3, 2012 5:38:02 am

Former UGC chairman Sukhdeo Thorat,leading the two-member fact-finding team of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in connection with the violence at Allahabad University (AU) campus last week,today said that lack of communication between the university vice-chancellor and other stake holders was a matter of concern.

The violence had erupted after students protested against the eviction of fellow students from the university hostels and had gheroaed the V-C in his office for 30 hours.

Talking to mediapersons here,Prof Thorat,who arrived here along with IIT-Kanpur Director Sanjay Dhande yesterday afternoon,said that lack of communication between the top university authorities was something that had been expressed by various stakeholders. The team,apart from talking to hostellers,teachers and officials,also took feedback from mediapersons,who had covered the entire incident. Prof Thorat described the incident as “unfortunate” considering that the AU was among prestigious institutions in the country.

“Our terms of reference in connection with the incident are to identify the causes that led to such a situation and to suggest measures to prevent such incidents in future,” said Thorat.

He,however,refused to comment on the preliminary findings of the team,saying these things would be disclosed before the HRD ministry. “We will submit the report within three to four days after finishing the work here,” he said. The team is likely to stay in Allahabad till Thursday.

Since yesterday afternoon,the team met residents of the women’s hostels and officials to know the conditions existing there. “This morning Prof Thorat visited Sir Sunder Lal and Hindu Hostels. He also took stock of the kitchen,as well as the toilets,” said an university official. Sources added that he expressed unhappiness over the overall condition (hygiene) in the hostels.

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