PATNA: Bihar Veterinary College (BVC) in Patna on Tuesday closed sine die after the students clashed with the college officials on the campus. The college also asked the students to vacate the hostels by 8pm on Tuesday. Eleven third year students were debarred from examination for allegedly using unfair means in the biotechnology paper held on June 19.
Later, the authorities cancelled the June 19 paper for alleged unfair means and rescheduled the examination on June 30, but a section of students boycotted it. The examination of the same paper was again rescheduled for July 3, but the 11 debarred students and their friends opposed it demanding permission to write the paper and allegedly threatened the dean, S Samantray, leading to a clash with college officials.
The BVC students have also been agitating for the last several months over several issues, including demand for increase in stipend and scholarship and removal of the college dean.
In the evening, the students staged a protest in front of the administrative block. One of the students said the college administration stooped so low to suppress them. “Around 200-odd students are studying at this institute. Where we will go at this hour?” he said.
“Keeping in view the prevailing situation, the college is being closed sine die. All the students are directed to vacate the hostels sharply by 8pm tonight,” read the notice issued by dean Samantray. The notice was later forwarded to all the hostel superintendents and secretary to Bihar Animal Sciences University’s vice-chancellor. Despite repeated attempts, the dean could not be contacted.
A college official, preferring anonymity, told this newspaper that the college administration took stern action against the students for unfair practices during the exam. He said disciplinary action would be taken against the students if they failed to vacate the hostels within the stipulated time.
The students dismissed the allegation of using unfair means in the exam.