The Rajasthan University (RU) students, protesting against the reschedule of BCom Part-III examination, clashed with the police on Friday.
A group of students had been agitating because five papers of BCom were being conducted again, as the earlier papers had leaked. The special operations group (SOG) of Rajasthan police had busted the paper-leak scam last month and arrested some 20 people including university professors, non-teaching staff, private college lecturers and coaching centre owners in connection with the crime.
On Friday, the students had gathered again at the university gate in large numbers to register their protest. Deputy commissioner of police (Jaipur East) Kunwar Rastradeep said that some students tried to block the road outside the university, but were dispersed by the police. The students then pelted stones at the police, which injured one of their personnel, said Rastradeep, adding that the students also damaged flower pots on the road and vandalised the university registrar’s car on the university campus.
The police have rounded up 18 students.
However, the students, which included members of both the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), said that the police resorted to cane charge, which led to the pelting of stones. Vikram Choudhary of ABVP said that why should students bear the brunt for a fault that happened on part of the university administration.
On Thursday, the students had given a memorandum to the vice-chancellor asking for the earlier conducted papers to be considered for the final evaluation.
The vice chancellor, Rajeshwar Singh said that once the SOG informed the university about the paper leak, the validity and sanctity of the examination was over and not conducting them again was never an option. “The students were giving frivolous arguments. One of them said that he had to take admission in a private university and the reschedule would delay the results. Another said that they gave the exam after attending a one-week coaching series and will have to attend the series again,” said Singh.
Condemning the students’ action, Singh said that they were motivated by the student leaders. “I had an hour-long discussion with them on Thursday and tried to explain things to them. They raised a genuine demand that dates of some of the rescheduled papers were clashing with the Company Secretary (CS) exams and they be changed, which I readily accepted,” he said.
Three of the five papers of BCom which were to be conducted on June 2, June 5 June 7 have been rescheduled to June 12, June 14 and June 16 respectively in view of the CS exams.