More than 50 Hours Later, the Hon’ble Court Addresses the Students of NUSRL while the State Authorities Still Turn a Deaf Ear

Simran Sahni

13 April 2017 5:39 AM GMT

  • More than 50 Hours Later, the Hon’ble Court Addresses the Students of NUSRL while the State Authorities Still Turn a Deaf Ear
    The peaceful lockdown in National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi entered its 3rd Day today as the students continue sitting at the front gate in the scorching heat and shivering midnight chills. Read more about the Petition here.

    As the Faculty and the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor stood outside the lockdown gate, the students allowed the bank employees as well as the resident faculty members to enter the campus while peacefully holding out banners, demanding the resignation of the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor despite repeated ultimatum given by the administration on a daily basis since the beginning of the protest.

    The Joint Registrar (Vigilance) of the Hon’ble Jharkhand High Court came to the University around 6 pm and took a tour of the campus, noting down the grievances of the students and stated that the Hon’ble Chancellor has demanded a report on the prevailing scenario. The students submitted the representation of their demands and vowed to continue the protest till their demands are adhered to. The students maintained their five demands:

    1. Complete Administrative overhaul, including the resignation or removal of Vice-Chancellor and Registrar.

    2. The financial records of the University be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India or any other unbiased external authority.

    3. The annual Audit reports of the Accounts of the University should be put in public domain.

    4. Release of funds as promised by the State Government.

    5. A Review Commission to be appointed by the Chancellor.

    The morning of the third day of the protest witnessed the arrival of Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Jharkhand Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh, Justice S. Chandrashekhar and Justice Rajesh Shankar, along with the Director of the Judicial Academy of Jharkhand Mr. Gautam Chaudhary. The students were extremely grateful for the acknowledgement and indulged in a healthy discussion with the authorities putting forward their view points. They addressed the grievances of the students and gave assurances to resolve their issues. However, prone to such assurances over the past, the students are determined to continue with the protest till a concrete action is taken.

    Owing to loss of academics, the senior most batch has decided to conduct classes for the students at the place of protest. All the Law Universities from around the country have shown utmost solidarity with the students of NUSRL with support notes pouring in. The Hash-tags #saveNUSRL and #occupyNUSRL have been trending all over the social media over the past three days. Being a state founded University, the students continue to demand the involvement of the Hon’ble Chief Minister and look upto him to end their plight.

    Repeated efforts have been made to trivialize the primary issues of the protest, by bringing in forefront petty issues such as- mess food, sanitation etc.
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