Reopen reading rooms 24x7: EFLU students

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Reopen reading rooms 24x7: EFLU students, English and Foreign Language University, Sunaina Singh. The English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) echoed with the slogans raised by the students against the closure of reading rooms.

Hyderabad: The English and Foreign Language University (EFLU) echoed with the slogans raised by the students against the closure of reading rooms - ‘Reading rooms Bandh kyun hai, VC Jawab do… Jawab dena hoga nahi toh tumko jaana hog’ ‘Chanakya hai teri neeti, nahi chalegi chalegi’ ‘Kisne diya good governance award, hogaya EFL University barbaadh’ these were a few slogans raised by the student here on Monday.

The protest entered the seventh day on Monday when the students protested with ‘Street Study’ in a unique way by reading on the main road. Over 50 students affiliated to different organisations exhibited their protest by reading on the divider of the main road.

“Two days back, we again gave a representation to Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sunaina Singh for re-opening of reading rooms. Till now, we have not received any communication neither from VC nor from her office. Today we conducted ‘Street study’, in the coming days we would intensify our protest by occupying library and we will hit the streets. Until our demands are met, we would continue to protest,” said Shagun Chaturvedi, Students union president.

“When we went to meet Vice-Chancellor in the evening, the administration building was already closed and police personnel were stationed there. VC, who is the highest authority in the university, didn’t even bother to look into the issue,” said Safvan, Students union vice-president.

When contacted, Vice- Chancellor Prof Sunaina Singh refused to comment on the issue and directed the correspondent to the student’s dean officer. “Reading rooms were closed just for two days for upgrading wi-fi. One door which was opened round-the- clock was closed due to the security reasons and the timings of the reading rooms were changed accordingly with library i.e from 9 am to 8 pm. Apart from reading rooms in the library, we have created more in the hostel and in administration block which would function 24x7,” said Surabhi, Student dean officer.

It may be recalled that, EFL University closed its multi-functional reading rooms for its students. The university has three reading rooms that functioned round-the- clock for its students. Although, the university officials had made arrangements for reading rooms in the hostel, it wasn’t acceptable for the students and the students citied that it wouldn’t be conducive for reading.

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