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Students lock SKMU office

Dumka, Jan. 22: Around 200 SC and ST students today laid siege to Sido-Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU) headquarters and locked it up in protest against what they alleged partiality and anomalies in shortlisting of candidates for the posts of vice chancellors and pro-vice chancellors of state varsities.

The protesters, mostly boarders of SC and ST hostels located nearby, gathered at the headquarters around 2pm and forced the officials, including vice chancellor in-charge Ram Yatan Prasad and non-teaching employees, to vacate the premises. The students also submitted a memorandum addressed to governor-cum-chancellor, alleging that people from SC/ST communities have found meagre representation in the lists of 66 eligible candidates, who have been asked to appear for interview with the search committee formed to select vice chancellors and pro-vice chancellors on January 25.

They also sought rectification of other anomalies in the list that was uploaded on Raj Bhavan’s website by the governor’s secretariat on January 19.

“The list appears to be incorrect. Many eligible candidates of SC and ST communities, who had applied for the posts of vice chancellors and pro-vice chancellors of different universities, have not been included despite having requisite qualifications. On the other hand, several selected candidates don’t have the required credentials,” claimed Shyam Dev Hembrom, one of the protesters.

The four-member search committee, constituted by Governor-cum-chancellor Syed Ahmed in August last year, is headed by Jharkhand High Court judge Justice D.N. Patel. The three other members are chief secretary R.S. Sharma, former Ranchi University vice chancellor A.A. Khan and principal secretary to the governor R.S. Poddar.

At present, the posts of vice chancellor are lying vacant at SKMU, VBU, Nilambar-Pitambar University and Kolhan University.

The position of pro-vice chancellor is empty at VBU, Kolhan University and Nilambar-Pitambar Universities.

SKMU’s vice chancellor in-charge Ram Yatan Prasad said the memorandum submitted by the students had been faxed to Raj Bhavan. “We did not have any option, but to listen to the angry students and vacate the premises as otherwise, it might have led to law and order problems,” Prasad added.


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