Arts college students protest against show-cause notices

PATNA: The students of College of Arts and Crafts staged a protest on Tuesday against the college administration and Patna University (PU) for issuing show-cause notices to six of them for allegedly misbehaving with a college teacher, Vinod Kumar, on September 25. They raised slogans against the college principal and PU vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh for not hearing their grievances.Vipin Kumar, Mukesh Kumar, Dhanjiv Kumar and Vinod Kumar of final year of sculpture department and Mohammad Rais and Pratik Kumar of sixth semester of the same department were issued show-cause notices along with Rs5,000 fine. The university also withheld their annual exam results.

A protester, Krishna Jha, said PU acted on only one side of the story. “I was in the classroom when the indent took place. Professor Vinod threw out craft papers which we had kept in the classroom for birthday celebration of another teacher. We only argued with him but he took the matter with the principal and the PU. He also lodged a complaint against the six students on November 19,” he alleged.

Vipin, one of the accused, said they would not call off their protest unless PU released their results and Vinod withdrew the complaint lodged with Buddha Colony police station. “He is trying to ruin our career. The results were announced on November 22 and we were shocked not to find ours. The principal told us that our results were withheld by the PU,” he said.

Mukesh Kumar, another student, said, “The PU didn’t give us a chance to explain the issue. The 12-member committee only heard the tampered story of Vinod and acted.”

Acting principal Ajay Pandey said he was trying to talk to the VC and dean N K Jha to persuade them to release their results.
Girl alleges apathy:
A final year student of sculpture department of College of Arts and Crafts, Girja Kumari, alleged that the college authorities refused to extend her practical examination dates as she was suffering from breast cancer. She alleged that despite assurances about making special arrangements for her practical examinations, the college marked her absent. “I had written to PU and college to sanction leave and they approved it. But they are telling me now to re-appear in the exams next year. Had it been known, I would have extend the dates for my operation,” said Girija (25) from Bokaro.
The girl appeared for the written examinations held between September 13 and 15. The practical examinations took place between September 18 and October 8 in which she could not appear. The results were announced on November 20. Acting principal Ajay Pandey said he had talked to PU VC and alternate arrangements would be made for Girija.