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Students’ ire over senate meet

The nip in the capital’s air may only become sharper over the next few days, but temperatures are set to soar on the Ranchi University campus when the senate meets on Thursday.

Notably, this would be the first senate meeting of the university in four years though according to norms, the senate should meet twice a year.

When questioned, none of the varsity officials could justify why there were no senate meetings in the last four years, their only excuse being it was the responsibility of former vice chancellor A.A. Khan and his team to convene such a meet, which they failed to do.

Thursday’s meeting is set for a stormy start with the Jharkhand Chhatra Morcha, a collective union of all students’ bodies, announcing that it would not allow the meeting to take place under any circumstances.

“According to the Jharkhand Universities Act 2000, students’ representation is a must in a senate meet. But the university continues to turn a blind eye towards this provision. We requested vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat to appoint students’ representatives for tomorrow’s meet but he refused. It is against the law and we won’t allow the meet to take place,” said Harish Kumar of NSUI.

Meanwhile, university registrar A. K. Choudhary said since a formal students’ body does not exist in the varsity, rules do not allow appointment of students’ representatives from outside. However, the students argued that when the varsity planned the senate meet six months ago, it should have conducted elections to put in place a students’ union.

“It is a well calculated move by the varsity to stop students from participating in university activities. Senate is the apex body of the university, which is like a cabinet where all the plans, proposals etc passed by the syndicate are reviewed before being giving a final nod,” said S. Ali of Jharkhand Chhatra Sangh.

About 45 agendas would be discussed at the meeting on Thursday which would largely be in form of a question and answer session followed by majority vote for passing each proposal. “The agendas are more or less related to student welfare, college development, introduction of courses, upgrade of infrastructure, reservation for BPL students and so on,” said the registrar.

“A total of 82 members involving university representatives, Raj Bhavan officials, educationists, senior government representatives, MLAs of areas where RU affiliated/constituent colleges are, will be part of the meet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t select student representatives but we aim to conduct university and college-level elections in another six months. After that, they too would be in the senate,” the registrar added.