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AU students up in arms against reservation

ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY (AU) students took out a ?Shav Yatra? and burnt the effigy of HRD Minister Arjun Singh to protest against the 27 per cent reservation for OBC in higher education here on Wednesday. The students raised slogans against the HRD Minister and demanded dismissal of the Central government.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:27 IST

ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY (AU) students took out a ‘Shav Yatra’ and burnt the effigy of HRD Minister Arjun Singh to protest against the 27 per cent reservation for OBC in higher education here on Wednesday. The students raised slogans against the HRD Minister and demanded dismissal of the Central government.

A large number of students led by student union Abhishek Shukla took out a procession through the campus, shouted slogans against Arjun Singh and burnt his effigy. Addressing the students on the occasion Shukla said, reservation would not be allowed at any cost and opposed caste-based reservation.

Shukla expressed resentment over caste politics in the varsity and demanded that economic status should be the criteria of reservations. He said that the student leaders attached to Congress will quit from the party against reservation.

Student leader Sunil Dwivedi and Deepak Shukla urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to suspend the HRD Minister for dividing the youth on caste basis.

The student leaders threatened to restrict Arjun Singh’s entry into Allahabad if he failed to retreat on reservation.

Those present on the occasion included, Abhay Mishra, Praveen Shukla, Shrish Chandra Dubey, Sarvesh Tripathi, Vijay Mishra, Hari Narayan Shukla, Atul Tripathi, Mohit Khanna, Pankaj Tripathi, Pawan Shukla, Ankit Srivastava, Yatish Dwivedi, Baccha Lal and Adwan among others.

Students’ problems

Students, led by Ripusoodan Yadav and Ziya Quonain Rizvi, handed over a memorandum to AU Dean Students Welfare (DSW) stating problems faced by the students of the Commerce faculty here on Wednesday. The students informed DSW about irregular classes of B.Com and head of the commerce department despite repeated complaints has taken no action.

Yadav said students were offered no additional benefits nor the conditions in the varsity have been improved by achieving the Central status. He said that classrooms of the Commerce department were seeping. He threatened to stage a demonstration if the AU authorities did not improve conditions at the faculty. 


Those present on the occasion were Lalaram Saroj, Sandeep Yadav, Rajesh Yadav, Ajit Bhaskar, Aditya Vikram, Baccha Lal, Ashif, Rashid, Aslan and Shamshad among others.

Memorandum to DSW

AU students took out a procession from Chandrashekhar Azad Park to the DSW office via AU Science faculty before submitting a 17-point memorandum for the Au Vice-Chancellor here on Wednesday. The students put forward a 17-point memorandum of demands including reduction in fee and constitution of a sports body in the varsity.  A large number of students led by student leader Vikas Singh assembled at the Chandrashekhar Azad Park and took out a procession shouting slogans in support of their demands. The students handed over the memorandum to the DSW Prof Jagdamba Singh in absence of the VC. Prof Singh assured the students to forward the memorandum to the VC. Police force, AU Proctor Jagdamba Singh and several teachers besides a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Reservation demanded

Student leader Dr Satiram Yadav urged the varsity authorities to take admissions in the research through a test from this session and to apply reservation formula. In a communiqué Dr Yadav said that the admission test was necessary in research courses to check the admissions granted under influence and corrupt means. He said that reservations should be applied immediately as not applying reservations were violation of reservation policy. He supported 27 per cent reservation offered to the OBC and said that the decision was in favour of the citizens.

ECC Alumni Association

Ewing Christian College (ECC) Alumni Association (AA) has decided to award eight scholarships to the needy meritorious students. Application addressed to ECCAA secretary along with enclosures should be submitted to Ujjwal Mukherjee in the alumni office behind ECC Tooker Hall latest by August 30, 2006.

The enclosures include High School and Intermediate marksheets, BA/BSc/-I or II marksheets for applicants of BA/BSc II or III, father, mother’s annual income certificate signed by competent authority and certificates of any other extra-curricular achievement or activity.