Friday, 10 May 2013

Bihar School for Outlaws?

Outlaws, In-laws, or under the law? A spate of indiscipline and hooliganism has vitiated the atmosphere at the Chanakya National Law University.
 Frequent group clashes between the fourth- and fifth-year students have become a course of concern for majority of the pupils on the Mithapur campus in Patna, Bihar.

The latest altercation was on May 4. A girl in her fifth year was allegedly abused and threatened by a group of fourth year students when she was out on an evening stroll. Her classmates as well as third year students staged protests demanding strict action against the culprits.

The group staged a dharna till Wednesday when the varsity administration decided to suspend the five fourth year students involved. The students suspended are Piyush Kumar, Tarun Kumar, Sanchay, Prince Bharti and Jayant Kumar.

Ajay, a third-year student at Chanakya National Law University told a local paper: “I dreamt of making a successful career in Law. But lack of discipline and regular group clashes between the seniors and the juniors are hampering the academic atmosphere at the institute.”

 Since December last year, the group of fourth and fifth year students have clashed with each other at least three times, said sources. It's a battleground!

 After last Saturday’s incident, the varsity administration tried to resolve the situation through talks but latter succumbed to pressure from the third and fifth year students. It issued a notification on Wednesday night that read: “Five students are suspended from the university hostel with immediate effect i.e. from Wednesday; the 8th may 2013 until further orders. The students directed to immediately vacate their respective rooms in the hostel. Failure to comply with the order will entail serious consequences, including rustication from the university.”

Vice-chancellor A. Lakshminath said: “The University is not going to tolerate such incidents. The suspension of the students from the hostel is a warning to the others to strictly follow the University’s rules and regulation.”


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