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Early festival vacation on radar
- Authorities plan to close tech cradle

Muzaffarpur, Sept. 24: The sustained agitation of the students of Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology has prompted the institute authorities to close down the institute before the scheduled Puja vacations from October 5.

Regular activities at the institute remained suspended for the ninth day as students of all batches boycotted their classes.

Acting principal A. K. Mishra told The Telegraph no classes could be held because of the ongoing agitation.

He also said students were creating unnecessary disturbances in the institute. The administration was seriously considering a shutdown ahead of the scheduled Puja vacations.

The students also squatted outside the office of principal Dhruv Prasad and shouted slogans against the principal and the officials of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University. Prasad has already lodged two FIRs at the Barhampura police station against the students as they have prevented the administrative building and the classrooms from being opened. He has been seeking help from the police to quell the agitation that has been crippling the activities of the institute.

A source said the non-teaching employees had reported for work in the morning. They were, however prevented by the students from opening the classrooms.

Mishra also said the institute authorities cannot take any decision regarding the primary demand of the students. The students have been demanding a re-evaluation of the answer scripts of the 2009 batch.

More than 100 students had failed the exams conducted by Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University.

He said only the Rajdev Prasad Singh, the vice-chancellor of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, could take a decision in this regard.

Mishra said that the students have presented their demands to the university officials instead of agitation on the institute premises.

Aditya, one of the agitating students told The Telegraph the principal is trying to intimidate the students by threatening police action.

He said the FIRs lodged by the principal are just means to blackmail the students.

He also said some of the students would be meeting the chief minister and the governor to lodge a complaint about the apathetic attitude of the university officials. Governor Devanand Konwar is the chancellor of the university.

The principal has also informed the state science and technology department and the university officials about the ongoing agitation on the campus.

District magistrate Anand Kishore and the senior superintendent of police Sunil Kumar have sent a letter to the principal proposing that Central Para Military Force personnel be placed on the campus to prevent any untoward incident.

A vehicle cell may also be created on the campus because of the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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