Hundreds of striking students of a management college in Sector 23 smashed windowpanes and damaged other property of the college on Monday. Demanding reinstatement of their expelled colleagues, the agitated students, supported by the students of other colleges and the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), charged the college authorities of high handedness and of minting money from them on one pretext of the other.
The college authorities refuted all the allegations saying that the students of their college, Institute of Technology and Management (ITM), were being misled and instigated by the NSUI for political gain. Most students who vandalised college property were outsiders from other colleges, claimed Principal Rakesh Ranjan.
Rahul Rao, state president ,NSUI who was leading the movement claimed 29 students were illegally suspended from the college for no fault of them. He added the college had turned into a money-minting machine and students were being fleeced.“Management would slap heavy fines on students for petty mistakes,” he said.
However, according to Ranjan, 17 students of the final year of mechanical engineering were suspended from the college on charges of indiscipline 10 days ago. “We suspended these students because teachers refused to teach them on the account their misbehaviour and indiscipline inside the class. These students with political connections roped in student's political outfit NSUI and forced other students into the agitation,” he said. He added all levies were as per university rules.