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Utkal University students call off hunger strike

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PG Council to decide guidelines for elections



SOLUTION IN SIGHT: Students of Utkal University who were demanding early elections to union in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

BHUBANESWAR: A hunger strike launched by a group of students on the campus of Utkal University demanding immediate election to students' union since Thursday was called off here on Friday.

The decision was taken after Vice-Chancellor L N Mishra reportedly assured students that PG Council would be shortly meeting to decide on the issue.

"The hunger strike was called off as the vice-chancellor read out the government's acceptance letters which said Lyngdoh Commission's recommendations would be implemented in the election," PG Council Chairman P K Sahoo said.

Council meet

He, however, said no affirmative date for election had been given to students as the PG Council would take decision on framing guidelines and other issues in its next meeting.

Earlier in the morning, as many as four students, who sat in hunger strike, were admitted to Capital Hospital after their condition deteriorated. As more students were seen joining the hunger strike, the Vice-Chancellor rushed to the higher education department seeking immediate clarification on the Lyngdoh Commission recommendations.

Panel report

Subhasish Acharya, a student, said, "we will continue to press for the election." Sources said that the university authorities were getting ready to implement all the recommendations including those on the eligibility criteria, which were opposed by a section of students.

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