The office of Nagpur University pro-vice chancellor was vandalised and parts of the main building were set ablaze allegedly by the acitivists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha who were protesting cancellation of admissions of five students.
Subhash Belsare, registrar of the university, told IANS that apart from the varsity premises, chamber fittings and official car of pro-vice chancellor G.S. Parasher were also vandalised.
"The tentative estimate of the damage is over one million rupees," he said.
Belsare said a large group of people descended on the campus shortly after noon and started ransacking the university properties and damaging the offices of the top functionaries.
"We were taken by complete surprise. There was no notice, no discussions about their alleged grievances. They simply resorted to violence," he said.
University vice-chancellor S.N. Pathan said, "The attackers tried to set the main building on fire but were chased away by the security."
The university earlier deemed as irregular the admissions of a group of five students of Bachelor of Fine Arts course.
Belsare said that since the students did not fulfil the admissions criteria, their results were withheld and even the Bombay High Court's Nagpur Bench had dismissed their plea challenging the university move.
The university had been at the receiving end after it declined permission to the Bharatiya Janata Party to hold its two-day national executive committee meeting in the campus earlier this month.