WARANGAL: Tension prevailed in Kakatiya University on Thursday when students barged into vice-chancellor’s chamber and damaged the door and window panes. The police, who were called by the university authorities, arrested over 30 students and lodged them at various police stations.The ruckus started when B.Ed and Bp.Ed students were staging a dharna in front of the administrative building which houses the VC’s chamber. They were demanding that the university authorities provide on-campus hostel accommodation to them. When the VC R Sayanna told them that meeting their demand was not possible as there weren’t enough rooms in the hostels, the students got enraged and barged into the VC’s chamber and resorted to vandalism.
Later, police arrived at the scene and arrested the students. They also dispersed those sitting on dharna. It may be recalled that two days ago the students had gheroed the vice chancellor in his chamber on the same issue.The B.Ed and Bp.Ed students have been staging protest over the issue for over a week now. “We secured a seat in the campus but we are forced to stay outside in private hostels and rooms. We are unnecessarily forced to shell out additional money from our pockets. Most of us belong to poor families and cannot afford spending additional money. We want the university authorities to provide us hostel accommodation on the campus for which we are entitled,” a B.Ed student rued.
However, the university authorities told that constructing new hostels was not possible anytime soon. “Presently, we can accommodate only 40 students in the hostel. There are over 400 B.Ed and Bp.Ed students studying in the university. Providing accommodation for all of them is not possible. Already the hostels are over-crowed,” a university official stated.The students have meanwhile decided to continue their agitation till the university authorities provide them hostel accommodation in the campus.