The Lucknow University on Wednesday expelled 10 students, including a few student leaders of Samajwadi Party, for unleashing terror on the campus over the last few months.
The university may take more such steps to punish rowdy students. After 2006, this is the first major action by the university against student leaders . Last time, the LU had expelled 200 students during vice-chancellor Ram Prakash Singh’s regime which included many SP student leaders.
In another major decision, LU has cancelled PhD admission of expelled LUSU general secretary Ram Singh Rana and will lodge an unnamed FIR on another admission wherein an SP student leader topped in PhD entrance exam with the help of an imposter. The university has also put a ban on the entry of yet another boy—Ajit Srivastava— for disturbing the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus.
Those 10 students who were expelled include Mani Kumar Singh, Upendra Pratap Singh, Vinay Kumar Singh, Ajit Kumar Singh Yadav, Ajay Kumar Verma, Ajit Kumar Verma, Ved Prakash Yadav, Rudresh Pratap Singh, Surya Pratap Singh Surya and Waseem Ahmad Pintu. These students were guilty of damaging vice-chancellor’s official vehicle in March, misbehaving with proctorial board members in May, torturing a hostel chowkidar by giving him electric shock in June, creating lawlessness during Undergraduate admissions in July and beating journalists in August.
Addressing the media persons on Wednesday, LU registrar JB Singh said the university would not hesitate if any student breachs the varsity discipline. He said, “Proctorial board members worked hard in preparing the list. The decision to expel 10 students in a go was not an easy thing to do, as it required a proper groundwork. We had to see that there were enough evidence to nail these students.” He said, “The university officials held three rounds of meetings to decide that expulsion was the only deterrent for the larger interest of the institution. These boys are habitual trouble makers and we got to fix them for their repeated offence.”
University is also investigating admission of three other students who fraudulently got enrolled in Dabir-e-Mahir. The preliminary investigation reveals that these students do not have basic qualifications to seek admission to these courses. Once the university is convinced of a foul play in the admission more action will be taken against students, Singh said.
The registrar told HT that student leaders must restrain themselves in the upcoming student union elections and must not violate Lyngdoh committee recommendations. “We will strictly enforce all the clauses of Lyngdoh recommendations and will not allow any overage students to contest the elections. Polling will be 100% fair,” he said. Chief proctor Pawan Agarwal said that LU had suggested October 15 as poll date to district administration and university is now waiting for the response.