Hazaribagh (Jharkhand): Students blocked
the arterial Ranchi-Patna national highway at several points
as the strike by the non-teaching staff of the Vinobha Bhave
University paralysed work of the varisty and 19 constituent
colleges in Hazaribagh district for the 82nd day Tuesday.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in Hazaribagh town
as the boys and girls of the colleges blocked the roads at
several points today alleging the prolonged strike was
affecting their career, police sources said.
Both the students of St. Columbas College and the
K.B.Womens College, two premier institutions of Hazaribagh
under the VBU, blocked the highways and locked the gates of
both institutions preventing Principals to enter the college.
The students gheraoed the two on the roads for hours
in protest against the non-functioning, sources said.
Maintaining they had no issue with the striking
non-teaching staff, the students pointed out they were
concerned about career in the wake of not getting certificates
required for applying outside Jharkhand for courses like
medical, engineering, MBA and other competitive examinations
on all India basis.
Besides due to non-publication of results and holding
examinations they might have to lose one year or more.
Senior officials accompanied by police removed the
road blockades and rescued the two principals, sources said.
General Secretary of the VBU Employees Association
Vijay Kumar vowed not to withdraw strike till the state
accepted the main demand about implementation of Pay
Commission recommendation for the non-teaching staff.