Students ransack Sambalpur University central office protesting offline exam
Sambalpur: Students owing allegiance to National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on Tuesday ransacked the central office of Sambalpur University protesting against the conduct of the Plus 3 semester examination on offline mode during the Covid-19 pandemic. The students are demanding that the university should conduct the examination online for the safety of the students.
Sources said some students came to the university in a bus and went to the office of Vice Chancellor Prof Sanjiv Mittal and submitted a memorandum demanding conduct of Plus 3 third semester examination in online mode. The Vice Chancellor informed the students that the authorities were not intimated about their demand earlier. The angry students then ransacked the VC’s office. As the situation went out of control, a police team rushed to the spot and had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the students.
Talking to mediapersons after the incident, the VC said the students gave them the memorandum written on the letterhead of NSUI.
On the other hand, the students said they had to resort to agitation as the Vice Chancellor did not listen to their repeated request to conduct the exam online.
“We detained four students from Bargarh College and released them on PR bond,” Burla police station IIC Bibhuti Bhusan Bhoi said. Police forces have been deployed on Jyoti Vihar campus and the situation is under control, Bhoi said.
Additional SP Amaresh Panda said, “We are keeping a close watch on the situation to ensure that no further untoward incident takes place.”