| The students stage a protest against the construction of Gyan Bhavan. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
More than 3,000 students of Magadh Mahila College blocked Ashok Rajpath on Friday to protest the state government’s plan to build Gyan Bhavan, an international convention centre, adjacent to their institution.
The protest, which drew the support of the college teachers on the grounds that the centre would pose hurdles for students and teachers, disrupted traffic.
Holding banners, the students claimed the centre would block the main approach road to their campus, forcing them to take a route through the district police headquarters, which they claimed was unsafe.
Ankita Sharma, an undergraduate student, said: “Why is the state government so adamant on constructing the convention centre adjacent to our campus when they have acres of open land on Bailey Road?”
Bharti Bagchi, a teacher, said: “Gyan Bhavan’s height would be more than that of the college building, robbing the girls of privacy. It would encroach upon a large area of open college land where the institution plans to construct annexe buildings.”
Building construction department secretary Chanchal Kumar said: “The alternative route would have adequate security arrangements. There would be a police picket on the campus for the girls’ safety.”