BENGALURU: Hundreds of students studying at various medical, dental and nursing colleges affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) staged a protest against the shifting of the varsity’s campus from Bengaluru to Ramanagara here on Tuesday.
The students gathered at Mysore Bank Circle around 10.30 am and raised slogans against the state government and university authorities. They also demanded university authorities not to take up the shifting process at least for now.
“We wanted the university authorities to concentrate on conducting examinations and announcing results on time.
We already under going various technical problems and delays in announcement of results. Let the authorities concentrate on settling such problems instead of shifting the campus,” said Sooraj S N a medical student.
The students termed the shifting process as a political agenda. “There is a big political game behind the shifting process. Political leaders related to Ramanagara are trying their best to shift the campus from Bengaluru,” said another student.
According to the students, shifting the campus from the city may lead to many technical problems and also affect students. “In case of any mistakes in marks cards or if we have to submit some important document, why should we have to travel all the way to Ramanagara.
We want the campus to be in the city. Many of us are from outside Karnataka and it would be difficult for us to travel,” Ishaniya, a nursing student from Nepal said.
“Our plan was to take a rally till Vidhana Soudha and later meet the Governor at the Raj Bhavan and submit a memorandum. But, the police did not let us do so as the legislative session is going on. But, once the session is completed, we will take an appointment with the Governor and submit a memorandum,” the students said.
Despite directions from Chancellor and Governor Vajubhai Vala not to shift the campus in the middle of the academic year, RGUHS authorities have started the process following directions from the government. A huge public function to announce the shifting was also conducted at Ramanagara on Sunday.