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Anguished Ravenshaw VC tenders resignation




 At a time when Ravenshaw University has begun  celebrating a series of functions for a year from January 20 this year as part of the commemoration of 150 years of the Ravenshaw College, a row today brewed when Vice-Chancellor(VC) Prakash Chandra Sarangi tendered his resignation in anguish over a group of students’ unruly activities and the resultant unrest in the campus.

The varsity authorities had on Saturday  suspended six students for their involvement in a group clash between boarders of Lalitgiri Hostel and New hostel in the university premises on November 21 last year. The hostel seats of the errant students’ were also cancelled and their entry into campus barred while warning was issued to 10 other students in that connection.

Protesting against the suspension, a group of students today stormed the office of the VC and demanded revocation of the suspension.

When the VC expressed his inability, the agitating students gheraoed him, shouted slogans against him and abused him in filthy language.

Sarangi immediately shot off his resignation letter to Governor and Chancellor Dr SC Jamir and left his office.

In his resignation letter, Sarangi said that he has failed to manage the varsity properly during his 2 years and 10 months tenure.

Later talking to media persons, Sarangi expressed serious concern over rising incidents of violence in the varsity campus due to political interference. The students influenced by political leaders are creating ruckus in the university at regular interval, he said.

“Perhaps, I failed to manage the university properly. Some students are mostly influenced by political parties and they are telling language of politics rather than education. Political parties are interfering in the varsity affairs and I have not been able to make a good rapport with such leaders,” the VC said.

The future of the oldest educational institution will be pushed into darkness unless the interference of the political parties is removed, he asserted.

Meanwhile, in the afternoon, an emergency meeting of staff council was held under the Chairmanship of Dean Smara Priya Mishra where the staff unanimously requested the VC to withdraw his resignation and the Chancellor not to accept it. It was decided to take action against the students who had misbehaved with VC.

In the meantime, Governor cum Chancellor Dr. S.C. Jamir who called VC Prakash Chandra Sarangi to discuss the issue urged him to continue at the varsity and assured him all administrative support to run the show.






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