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Anti-Bihar remark sparks protest

Patna, Sept. 22: Members of All India Students’ Federation (AISF) staged a demonstration and burned the effigies of Patna University vice-chancellor Shyam Lal and pro-vice-chancellor Syed I. Ahson outside the university gates today.

The agitating students were demanding the suspension of Ahson for allegedly making remarks against students. He remarked yesterday that the Bihari students were an indisciplined lot. His remarks prompted widespread protests from various students’ organisations.

AISF member Abhijeet said: “The remark is not only against AISF workers and students but a direct attack on the people of Bihar.”

Abhijeet also said though the pro-vice-chancellor had made such remarks, neither the university authorities nor the state governor has taken any action against him. He also said that if no action were taken by Thursday, they would close down the university.

The students are also demanding that the university cancel the fine of Rs 1,000 that they have imposed for late filling of registration forms. The students claim that the university was crippled for more than 50 days due to a strike by non-teaching employees, preventing them from filling up forms.

Vice-chancellor Shyam Lal said: “The university authorities had reminded the students to fill the forms on several occasions. Many students have filled the forms. However, a few students have failed to do so and thus the fine has been imposed.” A source said various student unions had met the vice-chancellor and the pro-vice-chancellor to demand the rollback of the fine. It was in the meeting that the pro-vice-chancellor made the alleged comments. The students also demand that action be taken against those responsible for ragging Patna Women’s College student, Rupam, last month.

They also demand the early publication of pending results. Students claim due to delay in publication of results, the students are unable to fill up forms for competitive examinations and other courses outside the state.

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