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Students hold VC hostage

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  • Published 17.04.11

Patna, April 16: Around 50 students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) today blocked the main gate of the varsity’s administrative block and held the vice-chancellor hostage for not taking any initiatives to ensure job placements.

CNLU students had lodged a complaint in this regard at chief minister Nitish Kumar’s janata darbar last Monday.

The situation could be brought under control only after vice-chancellor A. Laximinath called the police. The vice-chancellor promised to take steps towards ensuring placements to the students.

Laxminath listened to the students’ grievances and was seen consoling some of them. The students blocked the main gate of the administrative office which resulted in restricted movement of the varsity officials.

The varsity teachers could not come out as the students refused to open the gate.

After a while the vice-chancellor called Jakkanpur police for help. As soon as the gates were opened, the students started arguing with Laxminath.

The students told him that the university that was “toying with their future”.

Ravi Anand, a final student of CNLU told the vice-chancellor: “Since 2006 (when the university came into being) not a single company has visited our campus for placements. Being the vice-chancellor of the university you should have taken some initiatives to get us placed. I want to know why you kept saying that companies would visit our campus, even though none of them came?”

Another student, Neha Mishra, said: “Why are no companies visiting our campus? During the inauguration programme of the university, Nitish Kumar had said ‘this university would set an example for other states having law universities’. The reputation of CNLU has gone down. Yet no steps have been taken to do anything positive. CNLU does not even feature in the top 100 law universities in India.”

Laxminath had earlier told The Telegraph: “The allegations made by the students are completely baseless. They are frustrated and want things to happen in a hurry. It does not happen that way. We want them to be good lawyers before entering the profession. As far as placement is concerned, the university is trying to invite companies. In fact, four companies had come here, but they were offering a very little compensation package. We want them to become good lawyer before they enter into the real world.”