Fee hike issue: Irked students paint graffiti against HPU admn, V-C

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 20:33 IST

Opposing the hike in fee, which has been implemented by the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), some unidentified youths on Monday painted graffiti on the campus walls, depicting slogans against the hike and vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai.

The students as well as the university staff were stunned to see several graffiti on the building walls. However, the HPU admisntration cleaned the walls, but this has given the student bodies another point to hit out at the university admisntration.

Left-Backed Student Federation of India (SFI) termed this act as students' anger. "Students are agitated with the excessive fee hike by the admisntration and its attitude towards this issue. Now, the anger is spilling over roads," said SFI campus secretary Rahul Chauhan.

He said the incident happened on the campus, which clearly showed that the students were angry with the administration and vice-chancellor. "We demand immediate slashing of fee and removal of vice chancellor," he added.

Slamming the government, he said it should have intervened and slashed the fee slabs, but instead it (government) constituted a committee and the reports were still awaited. "Though there was no need of a committee, but if it has been formed and has submitted its report, then the report should be revealed and the students should be given relief," he said, adding that for several courses, the HPU had started fee collection exercise.

Meanwhile, the university admisntration termed the act as 'indiscipline'. "The kind of words used, are not acceptable. Few students have been targeting the vice-chancellor personally," the administration officials said.

HPU registrar Mohan Jharta said the government had constituted a committee on September 21 and the report was submitted on October 20. The government handed over the report to the education department for further course of action. "It will take some time to examine the report and will then come up with a final decision," he said.

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