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Students plan protests against Vice-Chancellor

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, AUG. 18. Student organisations cutting across party lines have chalked out a programme of prolonged agitation against the Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, B. Hanumaiah, from Saturday. Accusing Prof. Hanumaiah of favouritism and irregularities, they have urged the managements of colleges not to invite him to any function.

Addressing presspersons here today, Sunil Kumar Bajal, president of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) district unit, said the decision of the university to continue with the old syllabus instead of the new syllabus formulated for the semester scheme, the alleged favouritism shown by Prof. Hanumaiah to his kin in recruitments, and the reluctance to order an inquiry into the death of a teacher on tabulation duty were the main issues against the Vice-Chancellor.

The agitation would begin with students boycotting classes in districts coming under the jurisdiction of the university from Saturday, he said. The students would hold a protest in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner on that day. On Monday, they would lay siege to the administrative building of the university and gherao Prof. Hanumaiah, he said.

Rasta roko

The students would stage rasta roko in various parts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and Kodagu districts between August 24 and 26, he said. If the university did not respond to their demands, they would begin an indefinite fast in front of the Vice-Chancellor's office on August 27 and give a call for observing a district bandh subsequently, he said.

Members of the Students' Federation of India, the National Students' Union of India, the Vidyarthi Janata Dal, the Yuva Janata Dal, the Mangalore University All-College Students' Coordination Committee, and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad would participate in the protests, he said.

Yogish Shetty, president of the Vidyarthi Janata Dal district unit, alleged that Prof. Hanumaiah was incommunicado ever since the news of his alleged involvement in various irregularities broke out.

`Vindictive'

On the move by the university in asking all colleges to revert to the old syllabus, Mr. Shetty said it smacked of vindictiveness by the Vice-Chancellor for the setback suffered by him in being forced to withdraw the semester system.

Ajith Kumar, advisor to the Vidyarthi Janata Dal, questioned the propriety of the appointment of the son-in-law of Prof. Hanumaiah, Damodhar, and his wife, Yashodha, to the posts of peon and temporary typist, respectively. Of the candidates recruited by the university under the backlog quota, Mr. Kumar said only one person hailed from the districts coming under the jurisdiction of the university.

The Vice-Chancellor had also appointed his nephew, Vishwanath, to the Department of Economics, he alleged.

Meanwhile, Mangalore University has requested all college teachers and students to cooperate with the university to follow the old syllabus that existed under the annual system for first year degree courses.

In a press release issued here today, the Registrar, K. Sundar Naik, said the Chancellor of the university had directed the authorities to withhold the implementation of the semester scheme till he approved the regulations. Therefore, the university was bound to adhere to the directions of the Governor, he said.

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