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Ruckus at two colleges in City

DISTURBANCES SHOOK two colleges of the City on Friday with students going on the rampage and damaging property at one place and resorting to a strike at another.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 15:52 IST

DISTURBANCES SHOOK two colleges of the City on Friday with students going on the rampage and damaging property at one place and resorting to a strike at another.

At Gujarati Commerce College (Nasia Road), students damaged college property to press for their demands and at Shubhdeep Ayurvedic Medical College the students went on strike against alleged roughing up of some senior students by a junior student and his accomplices.

Students at Gujarati Commerce alleged that their long-standing demand of making the college co-educational and some other minor demands were being made light of by the administration. Feeling offended by the manner in which they were continuously being ignored and their voice stifled, the students raised the banner of revolt and broke several flowerpots arranged in the centre of the courtyard inside the college building.

Students union president Alok Shukla said that their other demands included closing provisional admission, refunding money to those denied final admission, opening a canteen on college premises, opening a centre for depositing challan fee, installing a PCO (coin box) and making new machines available in the gymnasium.

Taken aback by the attitude of some demonstrating students, Principal P M Bhamawat said that the demands had been heard and
would be put before the college management. He agreed that some of the facilities demanded were not available and those which were reasonable would be addressed.

However, insiders say that the main demand is farcical as there already is a separate commerce college for girls run by the Gujrati Samaj. Sources said that admissions were denied to a powerful faction having a stranglehold over the college and the infuriated lot staged this ‘drama’.

In the other incident at Shubhdeep Ayurveda College, all senior students, leaving first professional batch, went on indefinite strike. Super senior Ramesh Lokde said that a junior student. Prateek Dubey of BAMF 1st prof had been directed by seniors to strictly follow disciplinary norms laid out by them. Dubey is said to have flouted the orders following which there was some verbal dispute two days back between him and some seniors. Dubey arrived on Thursday with his father and some others (a total of six persons) and beat up immediate senior Sumit and two other seniors. They are also supposed to have intimidated girls and Principal R G Pandey.

No police complaint was filed in this regard either by the college administration or seniors. However, the seniors demanding punishment to the junior in question have gone on indefinite strike. The principal was not available for comments.