Intensifying stir, SFI demands removal of HPU V-C, rollback of fee hike
Intensifying their agitation, Left-backed Students Federation of India (SFI) on Monday submitted a memorandum to Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh, demanding removal of Himachal Pradesh University vice-chancellor.chandigarh Updated: Sep 01, 2014 20:16 IST
Intensifying their agitation, Left-backed Students Federation of India (SFI) on Monday submitted a memorandum to Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh, demanding removal of Himachal Pradesh University vice-chancellor.
The SFI also staged a protest outside the state secretariat building at Chota Shimla before submitting a memorandum.
Besides removal of vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai, the memorandum also sought rollback of the fee hiked, and conducting students' election.
The SFI accused Bajpai of being responsible for all "mess", including ban on election to Students Central Association (SCA) and fee hike, and sought his immediate removal.
After sloganeering outside the secretariat building, a four-member SFI delegation met the chief minister and submitted the memorandum containing their demands to him.
SFI state secretary Munish Sharma said the chief minister had assured them to look into their demands. "About the fee hike, the chief minister said the government would compare the fee structures before and after the hike,"said Sharma.
Elaborating on the protest, he said: "The HPU administration has increased the fee manifold, which is adding to the burden of students, and at the same time, banned the SCA elections to suppress the students' voice against it.
Accusing Bajpai of being responsible for the deteriorating educational standards at the university, the SFI leader said the government should remove him to save the HPU. "The V-C is involved in corruption and decision of banning the election is a tactic to throttle the students' voice,"he said and threatened that the SFI would further intensify the agitation against the HPU and the government.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) state secretariat member Tikender Singh Panwar condemned the decision of the HPU to not to hold the SCA elections for a year. "It is shocking to note that the Congress government too is working in tandem with the vice-chancellor's dictums, who is inclined to spread anarchy on the HPU campus and does not want his misdeeds to be challenged,"said Panwar.
Opening a front against the V-C, the CPM leader said the incumbent V-C and the present government were eager to get rid of the student polls. "The present V-C is marred with lots of controversies that are not just his inept functioning that has virtually ruined the institutional framework, but there are also charges of financial impropriety,"he added.