The Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, N.J. Pawar, was gheraoed on Tuesday by the Shiv Sena activists with the demand that students who were studying in colleges that had no principals should be allowed to appear for their annual examinations and their academic year should not be wasted because of lapses of the educational institutions.

About 20,000 students in southern Maharashtra would lose one year because their colleges had no principals, according to a notice issued by the university to the educational institutions concerned in districts of Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara. The notice had come as a shock to students.

The issue was taken up by the Shiv Sena which stressed that the Vice-Chancellor should give in writing that the academic year would not be wasted. Mr. Pawar assured the activists that one year would not be lost, but he refused to give it in writing.