| Students protest outside the Patna University gate on Monday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
The first-year MBA students of Patna University on Monday prevented examinees of other postgraduate departments from taking exam at Patna College in protest against the administration’s decision to scrap their second paper and allot zero to them.
A source said Patna College principal N.K. Choudhary had expelled 18 first-year MBA students on Friday on charges of using unfair means while writing their second paper. In a bid to display camaraderie, all the MBA first-year students demonstrated on the university campus on Saturday and Sunday, demanding rollback of the suspension order.
The situation took an ugly turn on Monday minutes before the MBA third paper examination as the varsity issued a notice cancelling the second paper exam and allotting zero marks to all the first-year MBA students. The university notice read that “the 18 examinees of MBA reported by the centre superintendent are expelled from the examination”. It also stated, “The examination of MBA paper 102 (the code for the second paper) held on March 21 is cancelled and zero marks will be awarded to rest of the examinees.”
The notice triggered unruly protest by the MBA students at the entrance of Pariksha Bhavan (examination centre) at Patna College. They squatted on a dharna in front of its gate, preventing other students from entering the examination hall.
Ratna Priya, an MBA first-year student, said: “We were about to take the third paper after demonstrating for two days demanding withdrawal of suspension of 18 of our peers when the university administration issued a notification cancelling the second paper and allotting zero to students other than those suspended.”
Sniffing trouble, the Patna College administration informed the varsity officials and police. But the MBA students staging dharna were in no mood to relent. Several postgraduate students left after they were not allowed to enter the exam hall for their papers scheduled at 2pm.
Gaurav, a first-year student of MA in women studies, was one among the several examinees who had to leave without taking the exam because of the protest of the MBA students. “We were not allowed to appear in the test for no fault of ours,” Gaurav said.
The university administration on Monday evening convened a meeting to discuss the outcome of the decision on the first-year MBA students and to chalk out future course of action. Patna University pro-VC Ranjeet Kumar Verma said: “The university has convened a meeting where we will discuss the issue.”
Sources said Monday’s exams would be conducted again after the rest of papers were over.