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Kuvempu varsity rusticates five journalism students

SHIMOGA, MARCH 24. The Kuvempu University has rusticated five post-graduate students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication for alleged breach of discipline.

In a pres release, the Deputy Registrar said that P. Thomas and H.M. Rajasekharaiah of the fourth semester and Santosh Yeligar, P. Jesudas and Moinuddin of the second semester allegedly threatened the Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, V.N. Bhat, while demanding that they be allowed to appear for the examination, although they fell short of attendance.

Locked

He said that Mr. Bhat was locked inside his chamber by these students while discussing the issue with him.

It was only after the reported intervention of a lecturer and some students Mr. Bhat was let off. The Deputy Registrar said the university has obtained the report of an inquiry committee, which confirmed Mr. Bhat's complaint.

"Viewing this act as a serious breach of discipline the five students have been rusticated from the university with immediate effect," the press release said.

Procession

About 400 post-graduate students took out a procession on the campus on Wednesday to welcome the "bold" step taken by the university authorities against the act of indiscipline.

They urged the authorities concerned to ensure that the "false" complaint lodged against Mr. Bhat at the Rural Police Station in Bhadravati by one of the students that he was assaulted by him [Mr. Bhat] is withdrawn.

The Kuvempu University Teachers' Association has supported the rustication of the five students for their alleged misbehaviour with the Head of their Department.

The Association, which held a meeting on Wednesday, condemned the incident and sought protection to the teaching staff.

The President of the Association, Rajendra Channi, told presspersons here on Thursday that the Association will cooperate with the administration in maintaining discipline on the campus.

Harsh punishment

However in reply to a question he felt that the punishment meted out to the five students was harsh and added that the Association would request the administration to reconsider its action.

He said that he would meet the rusticated students asking them to call off their "indefinite" fast at the Deputy Commissioner's office premises to protest against the disciplinary action taken against them.

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