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Delhi: A day before retirement, principal says Ramjas violence ‘very unfortunate’

Rajendra Prasad, the longest serving principal of Delhi’s Ramjas, appealed to students to not indulge in violence and get back to studies. The appeal comes after clashes between ABVP and other student groups rocked the campus last week.

delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2017 21:55 IST
Heena Kausar
Heena Kausar
Hindsutan Times
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In a letter that was put up at the college website on Monday, principal Rajendra Prasad termed the incidents of the past week “very unfortunate”.(Hindustan Times)

A day ahead his retirement, the longest serving principal of Ramjas College, Rajendra Prasad made an emotional appeal to students, to “act responsibly through constructive engagement and resist from any form of disruptive action”. He asked the students to stay calm and return to study and work towards making college peaceful.

“My heart bleeds when Ramjas bleeds, because I have put in thirty two years of blood, sweat and tears to bring Ramjas to its present stature,” the principal wrote in a letter put up on the college website on Monday morning.

Terming the incidents of the past week “very unfortunate”, he urged students “not to get involved in any activity which spoils the name and dignity of Ramjas.” He also asked students to stay calm and “let no one take away your right to study.”

The appeal from the principal comes after February 22 violence on campus in which students led by ABVP and Left had clashed over the cancellation of a literary event in Ramjas where Umar Khalid had been invited to speak.

In his note on Monday, Prasad asked the students to resolve their problems in a respectful, peaceful and constructive manner. Making an emotional appeal he said, “Tomorrow I retire, I wish for nothing in return except that Ramjas remains peaceful, and committed to the glorious future it is destined to set for itself.”

He also asked students to not get involved in any activity which spoils the name and dignity of Ramjas which is celebrating its centennial this year. He also sympathised with the students and said that they were the most affected due to the events which unfolded in the college.

“You are the most affected due to any disturbance and should have the biggest stake in peace, because it has direct bearing on your future. Your exams are going to start in the very near future. So please focus on your studies,” he said. He also asked teachers and everyone associated with Ramjas to ensure that teaching and learning remains uninterrupted.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 12:28 IST

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