The engineering students of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Matunga, were, on Tuesday, issued a circular directing them to vacate the hostel rooms immediately.
“A notice was put up in the canteen area, ordering the 100 students staying in the A and C blocks to shift before Saturday,” said a student.
The college management claimed that the students had been asked to vacate the rooms to house participants of the post-centenary silver jubilee celebrations of the college on May 23.
Students are asking why they have been asked to vacate their rooms more than a fortnight before the event. The students’ final exams will end on May 7.
Students claimed that the college premises had allegedly been rented out for a wedding reception. A press release issued by VJTI denied the allegation. It stated that the ground was initially allotted to hold a corporate social function but later the college learnt that it was to be used to host a wedding reception and so the permission was withdrawn. “The party later appealed to reconsider the case following which the director constituted a five-member committee to look into the matter. The committee strongly felt that no wedding-related functions are to be held at VJTI. The appeal was rejected,” said the press release.
On Wednesday, members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena approached the college. Sainath Durge, vice-president, MNVS. “We will stage a protest if the management fails to annul their deal with the marriage organisers.”