Students confront V-C on credit system

Staff Reporter

The system is in vogue in some of the world’s best universities, says Allam Appa Rao

Students seeking withdrawal of credit system because of lack of awareness, according to V-C

Police intervene to make way for the V-C mobbed by students

Kakinada: Students opposed to credit system staged a protest demonstration in front of main administrative building of JNTU-Kakinada here on Tuesday under the aegis of Students Federation of India (SFI) and confronted Vice-Chancellor Allam Appa Rao on the issue about which they have earlier expressed various apprehensions. Their demand was to annul credit system on the pretext that students who failed to earn the required number of credits were detained and regaining the lost ground was proving to be a daunting task for them.

The SFI activists and some engineering students entered the JNTU-K campus before noon and squatted at the entrance in protest against the Vice-Chancellor’s refusal to concede their demand for scrapping the credit system. They shouted slogans against the V-C’s alleged indifference to their grievance and vowed to not relent tillV-C gave an assurance to them.

When the V-C was leaving his office for lunch, the agitating students refused to allow him to proceed unless he responded positively to their demand. The V-C insisted that credit system was good for students and it would help maintain standards. Credit system was in vogue in some of the world’s best universities and the JNTU-K could not afford to lag behind on that count, he contended.

The students argued that the V-C had previously promised to scrap the controversial system of awarding credits but the V-C denied having said so. He said that he asked the affiliated colleges to elicit the students’ opinions and also of their parents on the credit system by holding awareness meetings. Before he got the feedback, he could not be forced to give a commitment. It was only because of lack of awareness that students were seeking withdrawal of credit system he added.

As the students kept posing questions without allowing the V-C to board his vehicle, police intervened and made way for him while some of the agitators threatened to commit suicide. But, police controlled the irate students who vowed to keep their agitation going till their demand was met. The students however stayed on the campus for a little longer and went into confabulations on their future course of action.

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