Aryabhatta Knowledge University VC seeks security on campus

Patna,(BiharTimes): Fed up with the lackadaisical attitude of the state government the Vice Chancellor of Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU), S N Guha, has sought police protection from the Patna district administration urging it to take necessary measures for ensuring the safety of its staff on the campus.

A K U Vice Chancellor S N Guha met Patna senior superintendent of police and other officials and requested them to deploy adequate policemen on the campus as the university administration is finding it difficult to handle the mob of agitating engineering and medical students, who often invade the campus to press for their demands.

He said agitating students of the Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology recently ransacked the campus and they may attack the AKU campus too. The VC pointed out even though the university has over 10,000 engineering and medical students and has under its jurisdiction 13 government medical and engineering colleges, 11 private engineering colleges, one nursing institute and radiotherapy department of Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, it does not have a security cover on its campus.

However, Guha conceded that some of the demands of students are reasonable. Most technical institutions in the state are facing shortage of teaching staff and lack even minimum basic infrastructure. As their courses of studies are not completed, the students fail to secure good marks in university examinations. And if they are not promoted to the next semester, they resort to agitations.

The A K U itself is facing serious shortage of staff. It has been managing its affairs with the help of only three regular officials, including the VC, registrar and finance officer. Besides, there are 13 officials and employees appointed on ad hoc basis. With the help of this skeleton staff, the university has conducted engineering and medical examinations and published the results in record time, he said.

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