More than 250 undergraduate students of Bombay Veterinary College (BVC) have refused to attend lectures at the dilapidated college building in Goregaon, till it is declared safe.
The students have threatened to go on strike from Friday, demanding that lectures for undergraduate students be shifted to the institute’s Parel campus. After the Goregaon campus became functional in 1989, the old centre in Parel was turned into a residential facility for the faculty and a venue for post-graduate classes.
The Goregaon campus near Aarey Milk colony was declared unsafe by university engineers in August. The civil engineering department of Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IIT-B), which started conducting the structural audit of the Goregaon campus on Tuesday, will take three weeks to complete it.
“We want lectures and practicals to be shifted, till the entire Goregaon campus is repaired. The structural audit and repair work will take a few more months, so the administration should find a permanent solution instead of playing with our lives,” said a fourth year student.
Ashish Paturkar, the college dean, said, “There are 12 wings in the Goregaon campus. We will start shifting students as soon as some buildings are restored and declared safe, after the structural audit by IIT-B.” Aditya Kumar Mishra, vice-chancellor of Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University, in whose jurisdiction the college comes, was not available for comment.