TWO GROUPS of students clashed on the DDU Gorakhpur University campus over reservation issue. The pro-reservationists shouted slogans seeking reservation for other backward class students in research work in Hindi Department. The students accused each other of indulging in hooliganism and appealed to vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar to intervene in the dispute.
The registration process for research work was cancelled on Wednesday.
The pro-reservation students handed over a memorandum to the division commissioner and demanded stringent action against those opposing reservation. It is to be noted that registration for research work in Hindi department was scheduled on Tuesday. When the process started, some students demanded reservation for other backward classes in research registration. Supporters of reservation Umashanker Yadav, Sharvan Kumar Nirala and their supporters raised slogans against the university administration for adopting dilly-delaying tactics on this issue. The situation took an ugly turn when the opponents of reservation reached the spot and shouted slogans against reservation supporters.
President of students union leader Rajiv Pandey, vice-president Chetna Pandey exchanged heated words with V-C Prof Arun Kumar.
They demanded to know when registration in research work was not under the purview of reservation according to the university manual, why the registration work was stopped.
It was free for all for few minutes when the two groups clashed with each other.
Later the students demanded stringent action against erring officials and the office bearers of the student union for creating ruckus on the campus.
Another incident, which stunned the university campus the same day, was the scuffle between the finance officer and the student union leaders over issuance of a tender.
A meeting of the tender committee was going on at the chief proctor office to invite tender of Rs 70 lakh for fixed furniture and other work in presence of finance officer SP Singh, chief proctor Rajendra Prasad Yadav, chief engineer CN Jha and other officials.