Ranchi University near Shaheed Chowk on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
More than 100 students of Cambridge Institute of Technology, Tatisilwai, gheraoed vice-chancellor L.N. Bhagat of Ranchi University, its parent body, for hours on Tuesday and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not approve their demands of holding special exams for those who failed their first and second semesters. Authorities were left hapless
On Tuesday again, a section of teachers from different postgraduate departments and varsity officials had a war over words over disparity in increments offered to doctorates
For about a month or so, teachers are protesting against the varsity’s decision to introduce biometric attendance to streamline the system
It seems the oldest varsity of Jharkhand, Ranchi University (RU) is fast losing sheen, thanks to lawlessness on campus, vested interests of teachers and a weak administration.
Carved out from the parent Bihar University in July 1960, the 53-year-old varsity is plagued by poor governance.
“Every other day you will find chaos on RU campus. Matters are certainly not within the control of authorities. There is general lawlessness in society. Even the new breed of teachers is not up to the mark. The administration should be more strict,” retired professor Amal Chakravarty, who joined RU as a teacher in 1960, said.
The septuagenarian former chemistry professor observed that the varsity had turned “unmanageable”.
Asked who was to be blamed for this, a senior varsity faculty member who heads a department, said vice-chancellors had proved to be weak administrators in recent past. Plus, the introduction of a plethora of ill-managed vocational courses and students’ movements are also responsible.
RU’s controller of examinations A.K. Mahto conceded pupils in reputable affiliated colleges, particularly the NSUI, were “undisciplined”. He maintained the administration should not be a weak entity and be strict.
Though discipline has gone for a toss at RU, the irony is that the university, which at one point of time used to enjoy control over the entire state (barring a few colleges in Santhal Pargana that came under Bhagalpur University, Bihar), now has limited presence in Ranchi, Khunti, Lohardaga, Gumla and Simdega.
Instead of exercising effective control over 15 constituent and 41 affiliated colleges, RU is acting hapless.
At present, over one lakh students study different courses under RU. But, the varsity’s most reputed institution — St Xavier’s College — had opted for autonomy in 2005.
RU is also facing tough competition from four other state universities — Sidho-Kanhu-Murmu in Dumka, Vinoba Bhave in Hazaribagh, Kolhan in Chaibasa and Neelamber-Peetamber in Daltonganj. All were carved out from RU. Private ones like Jharkhand Rai University, ICFAI University, among others, have also come up.