Christ varsity students want to 'break free'

Published: 01st August 2016 05:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2016 05:16 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: STUDENTS of Christ University have now decided to air their grievances in public, terming it the ‘culmination of the frustrations’ that they had to undergo.

It is the second time during the past one week, where students of the college have come out to express their views on the issues they face at the varsity. Authorities of the deemed varsity, however maintain that only a few students are having problems with its functioning.

In a blog post, one student detailed how students had to stage a silent demonstration at the quadrangle of Christ University, Bannerghatta campus, on July 29 to air grievances. The post also noted how a faculty member in Economics department was forced to resign and ‘humiliated mercilessly’, for speaking up for the students. Two other faculty members of media studies department too had to face the wrath of the administration. 

The post in the blog Campus Watch, titled, “We Cannot Be Ill-treated: Why Christ University Saw A Silent Protest” states that the new campus of the varsity on Bannerghatta Road has seen a lot of friction since its opening in June this year, as ‘students of social sciences were forced to follow rules that were exclusive to business studies students’.

It also noted that students were forced to follow a dress code, due to which security guards stop girls at their own discretion making arbitrary and sexist decisions. “It’s high time Christ University’s policies change once and for all. If not, later on, things could take a turn for the worse,” the post went on to add.

Earlier this week, in a viral post titled ‘Dear Christ University, I Cannot Fly,’ a second-year BSc student of the university had detailed the difficulties of students who were forced to attend college as BMTC buses were off the road during the strike.

When contacted, Fr Abraham V J, Pro-chancellor of Christ University, said that only a few students of the varsity were having problems and ‘things will be straightened’.

“The students who have protested are new to the college and are resisting. The college is issuing guidelines because we love the students and are concerned about them,” he said.

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