Thursday, May 20, 2010

46 students held for demonstrating before VC's residence

Forty-six students were arrested for demonstrating in front of the official residence of Vice Chancellor of the Mizoram University in Aizawl.The students were angry over allegations that the university authorities have deliberately sidelined local candidates in the recruitment of 117 assistant and associate professors by insisting on good academic records and had in the past recruited 28 alumni of Benaras Hindu University, his alma mater.Forty six students, including Vice President of the Mizo Students' Union (MSU) R B Lalmalsawma, demonstrating before the residence of Prof A N Rai at Tanhril in the campus, were in jail custody, Aizawl District SP Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said.The MSU insisted that Mizo candidates should not be barred from appearing in the interviews solely because they did not get first divisions in all the four examinations -HSLC, HSSLC, degree course and post graduate levels.The allegations were denied by the University sources, which said the recruitments were based on academic record of the candidate.Many students continued to have sit-in demonstration in front of the Vana Pa Hall here in protest against the arrest of their fellow students.


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