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Axe on Pusu treasurer

- Teacher slapped for warning against cheating

The treasurer of Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) was expelled on Wednesday for slapping a senior teacher following altercation over cheating in an exam.

Shambunath Singh, a senior teacher of the university, tried to stop the student, Abhishek Gupta, from using alleged “unfair means” during the exam being held at Patna College campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Abhishek, a second-semester MCA student, was writing his exam while invigilator Shambhunath warned him several times.

Sources said when only 15 minutes were left to end the exam at 4.40pm, Shambhunath caught Abhishek, elected as Pusu treasurer around 18 months ago, with a cheating material. A student who was also writing the exam said on condition of anonymity: “When the invigilator caught Abhishek with the cheating material, they both indulged in an altercation. Abhishek suddenly lost his cool and slapped Shambhunath on his face.”

The student said: “For a few minutes, we were astonished to see what had happened. Soon, the matter reached the principal’s office.”

Patna College principal N.K. Chaudhary said: “The college administration expelled the student under the provisions of examination. Also the police were informed about it and an FIR was lodged against the student.”

This is the third incident within a month where teachers were attacked by students. On April 29, boarders of Iqbal Hostel assaulted Patna University dean (students welfare) K.N. Paswan. Paswan, then principal-in-charge, Patna College, went to the hostel after a person had complained to the principal that some boarders assaulted him. The principal was chased and beaten up by the boarders.

On May 5, law students protesting against the severe measures taken by the administration to stop the use of unfair means by examinees, attacked Patna Science College chemistry teacher Randhir Kumar. Randhir sustained knife injuries on his hands.

On May 9, the BN College administration made every attempt to cajole law students to take up their examinations but they decided to boycott the exam as they were asked not to use unfair means for the test.

A senior university official said: “It is not the varsity administration has not taken strict measures against students who indulged in a brawl or unfair means. Based on a directive from the university, the police also issued warrant against more than a dozen students involved in vandalism on the campus.”