HYDERABAD:As students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) continued their protest on the third consecutive day on Wednesday demanding resignation of two officials, the university administration postponed the student union polls scheduled to be held on Thursday.
The students have been protesting on the campus for past three days with several demands which included suspension of the chief warden and proctor for negligence of duties. Students allege that the hostels are in a pathetic condition with no renovation work done for a long time.
On Wednesday, the MANUU Teachers Association (MANUUTA) joined the students’ protest demanding the resignation of the faculty members concerned and also the in-charge vice-chancellor.
MANUUTA and the Officers Association of the University formed a joint action committee (JAC) to fight for their demands.
However, the university administration claimed that it had already assured to fulfil students’ demand regarding hostel facilities.
“We have promised to improve the facilities as soon as possible. The chief warden and the proctor were unable to perform their duties effectively due to health issues. Their responsibilities have been given to other faculty members,” in-charge vice-chancellor Khwaja M Shahid told Express.
But the university did not accept the resignation of proctor Abdul Wahid and chief warden Aziz Banu. said the in-charge vice-chancellor, “They submitted resignations under pressure from students. They will continue to serve the university.”
He added that he was ready to set up an enquiry committee to investigate recent incidents which led to violence on the campus.
Though university authorities claimed to have resolved all the issues, students and teachers continued their protest saying that no official announcement had been made by the authorities in this regard. Dr Aslam Parwez of JAC said, “The in-charge VC promised to hold discussions with us on Wednesday but later refused to talk to us saying that the JAC is not a recognised body.”
Condemning the attack on protesting students and faculty on the campus, the JAC demanded removal of several officials including the in-charge registrar.