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Quota move divides students

STUDENTS OF Allahabad University who are against reservation, held a general meeting at the AU students hall and paid homage to the Meerut fire victims on Saturday. The meeting was conducted by convenor of Arakshan Virodhi Morcha (AVM) Abhishek Shukla.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 00:17 IST

STUDENTS OF Allahabad University who are against reservation, held a general meeting at the AU students hall and paid homage to the Meerut fire victims on Saturday. The meeting was conducted by convenor of Arakshan Virodhi Morcha (AVM) Abhishek Shukla.

Criticising the government’s proposal for reservation, Shukla said that reservation should be based on the economic status and the students would not accept the reservation proposal of the HRD Minister. He said that the students were set to revert the proposal of reservation and would strongly protest against the move at the meeting of the AU admission committee scheduled to be held on April 17. AVM joint convenor Vijay Kumar Dwivedi demanded that the central fee structure be applied and threatened to intensify the protest if the proposal was not withdrawn by the HRD Minister.

Student leader Pradeep Narayan Dwivedi, Irshad Ullah, Sunil Dwivedi and Samrat Singh expressed resentment over the proposal and resolved to fight against reservation till the end. Those present on the occasion were Anand Singh, Shiv Manorath Shukla, Vivek Singh, Umesh Upadhyay, Vikas Tripathi, Dr Dinesh Kumar Singh, Narendra Singh and  many others.

Meanwhile, pro-reservationist students of the AU submitted a memorandum to acting Vice-Chancellor Prof  Janak Pandey, demanding 27 per cent  reservation for backwards and 22.5 per cent reservation for the SC/St candidates in all courses of the university. The students threatened to hinder the admission process in the AU if their demands were not considered by the authorities.

Those present at the time of submission of memorandum were Dr Nirbhay Singh Patel, Ripusoodan Patel, Ziya Kaunen Rizvi, Sant Lal Verma, and many others.

Arakhshan Samarthan Morcha (ASM) office-bearers and members also conducted a meeting at Alopi Bagh. AU student leader Mohit Patel presided over the meeting while Sushil Kushwaha conducted the meeting. Speaking at the meeting, Patel said that anti-reservationists were trying to create disturbances across the country in order to influence the government so that the government withdrew the proposal. 

Raghavendra Singh Patel said that the students would not allow neglect of the backward section of the society. CMP Degree College student leader Saurabh Singh Patel declared that the reservation proposal would be supported by all the students of all the constituent colleges of the AU.

The leaders urged the students to support the conference scheduled to be held at the AU students hall on April 18.

Those present on the occasion were Jitendra Patel, Ajay Pal, Chandralok, Bhanu Yadav, Guddu Yadav, Manoj Patel and many others.

Meanwhile, student leader Rajesh Singh said in a press release that the special BTC candidates staged a demonstration in front of the Vidhan Bhawan on Thursday. The students discussed their demands with  UP Basic Education Minister Kiran Pal Singh and MP Rewati Raman Singh and the minister assured to declare the third list of BTC candidates by the first week of May.

Uttar Pradesh Nyayik Sewa Pratiyogi Morcha (UPNSPM) members held a meeting on Saturday to work out a strategy for the removal of English from the PCS (J) examination. UPNSPM president Jitendra Nayak presided over the meeting while Sanjay Yadav conducted the meeting. Speaking at the meeting, Nayak said that the members would approach the judges of the high courts and the Advocate General for assistance in the matter.

Yadav said that the UPNSPM would generate support through contact programmes at the AU delegacies and  hostels.

The leaders urged the members to support their demands so that their demands were fulfilled before the announcement of new vacancies.Those present on the occasion were Manoj Gupta, Brijendra Pandey and others