| Students stage a demonstration on the Central University of Bihar campus to protest against the removal of the teacher, in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
The removal of computer science teacher Girish Kumar Singh has fuelled students’ ire further as they took out a signature campaign on Thursday against the Central University of Bihar (CUB) administration’s decision.
Sources said Girish was removed on October 19 without being given any prior notice. Irked over the removal of the teacher, students of MSc in computer science and MTech staged a hunger strike on October 20.
Satyendra Kumar Siddhartha, a third-year student of MSc in computer science, said: “The removal of Girish is not in the interest of students. He was the only teacher in the department having a PhD degree and he was removed in the middle of the semester.”
Another student Brajesh Singh said: “Earlier, Ranjan Srivastava (computer science), Rajiv Kumar (mathematics) and other academically sound teachers were removed.” The students alleged that on October 20 they had staged a hunger strike. But after assurance from vice-chancellor (VC) Janak Pandey of a dialogue between the pupils and the administration, the strike was called off.
The students claimed that they would intensify their agitation from Monday to to reinstate Girish. There are around 50 students in the MSc computer science and MTech departments.
VC Pandey said: “The removed faculty member was on probation. His service was not extended after a decision by the academic board.”