Haryana varsity students call off 12-day-long strike

The 12-day strike by students of Mahendergarh’s Central University of Haryana (CUH) ended on Friday, after Vice-Chancellor R.C. Kuhad promised to meet the demands of agitating students before July and revoked the suspension of 13 students.

Thirteen students, including 11 BTech students, were suspended on Thursday for allegedly creating “hindrance in smooth functioning of academic and administrative functioning of the university”.

The students said in a press statement, “...the present indefinite strike is called off in the light of assurances given by the V-C in the presence of the Superintendent of Police, the Dean Students’ Welfare and the Controller of Examination. The next meeting of the students will be called to review the progress... in July”.

CUH spokesperson Shailender Kumar said the students agreed to call off the strike after an hour-long meeting with the administration in presence of the police. Mr. Kumar said the V-C assured the students that he would interact with them on regular basis.

“The suspension [of 13 students] was revoked after they expressed regret over their manhandling of Mr. Kuhad yesterday [on Thursday],” said Mr. Kumar.

The students, who went on strike on April 9, have alleged that even two years after the School of Engineering and Technology was established in 2016, it lacks basic facilities such as laboratories, building and regular staff.

The school offers BTech in four disciplines — computer science engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and printing and packaging technology.

A committee has been also been constituted to probe allegations of misbehaviour by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) with protesting female students on Wednesday night. A university official claimed the CSO will be placed under suspension pending inquiry into the matter.

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