Jharia: The historic Raja Shiva Prasad College in Dhanbad's Jharia has been shut down by the government.
The administration's decision to permanently close down the 66-year-old college has come as a shock to the students.
Hundreds of students staged protest outside the gates of the RSP college. Fearing law and order problem, police force has been deployed in the college premises.
Temporary classes are being held at Belgharia, which is 5 km away from the current location.
About RSP College
In the dawn of the independence there was no institution of the higher learning in the coal belt of Jharia-Dhanbad. The students of this educationally backward area were in dire need of a college in those days. This was timely recognized by Raja Kali Prasad Singh then the Raja of Jharia.
He constituted a trust for establishing the college in 1949 and started Raja Shiv Prasad College in the memory of his father. In 1951 the college secured temporary affiliation with Patna University. Bihar University granted permanent affiliation to the college in 1952. With the establishment of Ranchi University in 1960 and Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) in 1992, the College subsequently formed the part of these Universities. The College was registered under Section 2(f) of UGC Act on 31-10-87.