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BHU students boycott classes

education Updated: Aug 30, 2006 11:58 IST
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Educational activities at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) came to a halt on Tuesday following the boycott of classes by students over the issue of 27 per cent reservation to OBC in higher education.

Agitating students reciting Vande Mataram also carried out a protest march from the BHU main gate to Durgakund in the evening and vowed to intensify the movement.

Earlier, in pursuance with the call given by the BHU unit of “Youth for Equality,” students of all 14 faculties and three institutes boycotted classes throughout the day.

Varsity proctorial board sources admitted the class boycott by students cast a shadow on the educational activities in BHU and added the the boycott was violence-free owing to elaborate security arrangements on the campus.

BHU convenor of “Youth for Equality,” Avinash said the success of the boycott call has proved that all students of BHU were united against the UPA government move of providing 27 per cent reservation to OBC in higher education.

“Today’s class boycott has proved the anti-quota movement was not only the cause of fledgling doctors and engineers, but was close to the heart of every BHU student,” he claimed.

Over 500 students, in the evening carried out a massive protest march from the varsity main gate to Durgakund and vowed to further intensify the movement.

The anti-reservation movement in BHU is gaining momentum at a time, when the flag bearers of the cause —doctors in New Delhi — have suspended their stir till the winter session of Parliament.