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Told to deposit Rs 51,000 for RSS event in Agra, say private colleges

There are 250 colleges of Agra and Aligarh divisions associated with the SFCAA.

Written by Ishita Mishra | Agra |
Updated: August 11, 2016 8:08:34 am
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A controversy has erupted over a four-day programme of RSS in Agra where the outfit’s chief Mohan Bhagwat would interact with over 2,000 teachers and professors of universities and colleges in Agra, Bareilly and Aligarh divisions between August 20 and 24.

The controversy erupted after managers of private degree colleges, under the banner of Self Financed College Association of Agra (SFCAA), accused affiliated to Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar University (DBRAU) chief proctor Manoj Srivastava of forcing them to deposit Rs 51,000 each for the RSS event. Srivastava is in-charge of the ‘Vishwavidhyalayi Evam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan’.

There are 250 colleges of Agra and Aligarh divisions associated with the SFCAA. The general secretary of the association, Ashutosh Pachauri, told The Indian Express that he had sought an appointment to meet the vice-chancellor of DBRAU to lodge a complaint, but was yet to be granted time. He said the association members would be meeting the district magistrate of Agra on Thursday and would also send a copy of their complaint to the UP Chief Secretary.

In the complaint, Pachauri has said that he has received several complaints from owners of various colleges alleging that they were called by Srivastava and were forced to deposit Rs 51,000 in the name of RSS event.

“I am not against Bhagwat or his event. But, this kind of event being organized by such senior officials of state universities is nothing, but saffronisation of education. Even if they want to do ‘bhagwakaran’, at least harassment of college is not acceptable,” said Pachauri.

Brajesh Chaudhary, the president of SFCAA alleged that he too was asked to deposit the money for RSS event. “Srivastava is threatening the college owners that if they don’t submit the money, he will get their affiliation cancelled,” he alleged.

Contacted, Srivastava claimed that the “SFCAA people” were trying to settle their personal grudges against him.

“The private colleges are not ready to submit the marks of the practical examinations, which is compulsory to declare the results. They have not even conducted the practical examinations. As I told them straight away that results will not be declared unless they submit marks of the practical exams, they have come out with false allegations against me to create pressure,” he claimed.

University V-C Mohammad Muzzammil could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Talking to The Indian Express, RSS Braj Prant Prachar Pramukh Pradeep said they were only taking Rs 100 as registration charge for the event.
“RSS never asks for any money from anyone. This Rs 100 is for arrangements to be made on the day of event. The allegations against Srivastava are serious and we will inquire into it,” said Pradeep.

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He, however, said that Srivastava does not hold any post in RSS and has only been given the responsibility to bring maximum teachers to the event as he was a known name in the university.

Meanwhile, sources in RSS said that a meeting was held at Madhav Bhawan, the RSS office in Agra, over the allegations made by the SFCAA.

“We can not afford such type of controversy with Mohan Bhagwat’s event. Sangh is serious about the allegations and local level authorities have been asked to look into the issue,” a senior RSS leader said.

Bhagwat would hold a four-day convention in Agra from August 20 with vice-chancellors and teachers from universities and colleges and also married couples. The convention would be divided into two sessions – Vishwavidhyalayi Evam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan and Yuva Dampati Sammelan.

Both the events would be held at Agra College.

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