Varsity president's admission cancelled

BHILAI: Amid disagreement between officials and student council members over finalization of chief guest for oath taking ceremony of new members of the student council, another controversy seems to have engulfed Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University (CSVTU), Bhilai.

On Tuesday evening, newly-elected president of the varsity, Ashish Yadav of Congress student wing NSUI, , received a letter from Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Raipur, regarding cancellation of his admission in M Tech course, over his ineligibility.

Besides, DTE has cancelled admissions of two other students, Varsha Tarak and Ravishankar Pandey, on the same ground. DTE’s letter stated that students are not eligible to peruse M Tech in ‘power system & control’ branch.

University authorities received the letter on Tuesday, after which the matter was informed to the students. The trio had taken admission in ‘power system & control (PSC)’, a newly introduced branch in M Tech at RSR Rungta College of Engineering and Technology, Bhilai, this academic year.

As soon as Yadav was informed about cancellation of his admission, hundreds of NSUI workers thronged the university campus, and staged protest against the university administration and DTE. Their protest lasted till late night. The protesters also raised questions as to why did DTE authorities not inform this to students when they were submitting documents at the time of admission. The situation was brought under control after intervention of police.

“There was no criteria or cross-check regarding eligibility for PSC branch when I was applying for M. Tech,” said Yadav, while discussing the matter with officials on university premises late on Tuesday.

Late, speaking to TOI, CSVTU registrar GR Sahu said students’ ineligibility for newly introduced branch came into light during CSVTU’s document-verification process, which is conducted before the varsity releases enrollment number to students. He added that the matter was addressed to CSVTU’s board of studies, after which university officials reported it to DTE on September 3, seeking directives from it.

Considering the sensitivity of the issue, university has also sent a letter to DTE, asking authorities to shift the branch, instead of cancelling their admissions. However, they are yet to receive DTE’s response in this regard. While sources informed, earlier CSVTU officials had also reported a matter to DTE, in which an inter-state student had taken admission by submitting a fake mark-sheet of joint entrance examination (JEE). “Though, the matter was reported to DTE on September 24, they have not taken any action in this regard,” sources said.

ABVP stages protest on university campus: Following cancellation of admission of newly-elected president of CSVTU Ashish Yadav, a group of students backed by ABVP on Wednesday, staged a protest at university campus. Students demanded legal action against the college for providing Ashish Yadav a chance to contest election by giving admission. They also demanded immediate removal of Ashish from president post and legal action against him in connection with providing wrong information while filing nomination to contest students’ union elections.

However, the protest immediately took an ugly turn when the police resorted to lathi-charge after protestors ransacked the campus, and tried to break open the main entrance of the university.

Students including Manish Verma, Ritesh Singh and Shubham Pandey were severely beaten up and a few of them were detained.