LUCKNOW: After remaining closed for four days following violence and vandalism on campus on last Wednesday, Lucknow University reopened on Saturday for administrative work while the new session would commence on Monday, July 4 as per the directives of State Department of Higher Education.
The university administration had convened a meeting of HoDs on Saturday to discuss academic and administrative matters. However, the counselling for post-graduate courses, stopped owing to brawl among the students and the teachers, will resume from July 10, said LU Spokesman, NK Pandey.
He added that in other administrative and academic issues related to the commencement of the new session were also on the agenda of the meeting. The decision to reopen the university and resuming the admission process has come as a major relief for the admission seekers who were apprehensive of the session getting late due to unrest.
It may be recalled that the university had closed down indefinitely and suspended the admission process on July 4 in wake of the assault on over a dozen teachers including the Proctor, DSW chief, provost and a number of deans by a group of expelled students and anti-social who were demanding admission to various courses.
In the meantime, Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had taken the suo motu notice of the vandalism through media report and summoned the V-C, Proctor and Registrar besides UP DGP, SSSP Lucknow and other police officials. The court, during the hearing of the case on Friday, had pulled up police authorities for their lackadaisical approach in handling the violence on Lucknow University campus. The court sought an action taken report in the case by the police department on next hearing.
Posting the matter for next hearing on July 16, the court asked the state government to set up a coord committee under the Chief Secretary to come up with guidelines so that such vandalism and violence did not recur of varsity campuses across the state in future.