Tension at AUCET counselling
Students continue stir against venue shifting Visakhapatnam: Tension prevailed at the BR Ambedkar Assembly Hall, Andhra University, where the...
Students continue stir against venue shifting
Visakhapatnam: Tension prevailed at the BR Ambedkar Assembly Hall, Andhra University, where the counselling for admission into Post-Graduate Science courses was scheduled to be held on Sunday with the leaders of student organisations continuing their protest finding fault with the university authorities for 'unilaterally' changing the venue of AUCET counselling from AU Convocation Hall to the AU Assembly Hall by allotting the Convocation Hall for a public meeting succumbing to political pressure. State vice-president of All India Students' Federation M Srinivas, other leaders S Lovaraju and V Yerraji, YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) Student Wing leaders B Kantha Rao, Reddi Lakshmi Naidu and G Rambabu, Bhujanga Rao and K Sreenu of TNSF obstructed the entry into the counselling hall raising slogans against university authorities for succumbing to political pressure. They demanded provision of amenities to the students from far-off places attending the counselling. They questioned how the varsity management had provided the Convocation Hall to a political meeting without caring for the welfare of candidates. It may be recalled here that the AUCET-13 counselling began at the Convocation Hall on June 4. Due to the alleged lack of coordination between the venue allotting engineering section and the varsity authorities, the venue was allotted for the inaugural meeting of TSR BC Welfare Forum on Sunday. Hence, the venue was shifted to the Assembly Hall by putting up some tents. Many student leaders have already met the Registrar and expressed their displeasure over the sudden change of venue. They also burnt the effigies of university authorities on Saturday. The police personnel posted there, headed by Three Town Inspector Appalaraju, bundled the student agitators into a vehicle and shifted them to the police station. Due to lack of water and toilet facilities the students, especially girls, and parents suffered a lot since morning till evening. Though there are toilets inside the hall, the police were not allowing them inside unless their register number was announced. "Today there was counselling for subjects like Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics and Physics. As there were no basic amenities at the new venue, womenfolk were suffering a lot," the irate parents alleged.