Renaming of RGU requires Constitutional amendment: VC



Itanagar: The Vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, K C Beliappa, today said the students' demand to insert 'Arunachal' ahead of 'Rajiv Gandhi' in the nomenclature of the Central univarsity would require Constitutional sanction.

"The students insisted on the change, but for that the Constitution has to be amended," Beliappa told reporters. Arunachal University was renamed after Rajiv Gandhi before it was accorded Central university status in 2006.

"Renaming of the university is one of their eleven demands for which the agitating students are to go on a 48-hour strike from tomorrow," he said adding that building a multi-purpose Students Activity Centre was their another major demand.

The VC said while granting Central university status, it was stated in Parliament that the Central government would provide a total grant of Rs 105 crore to the university for construction of various projects during the 11th plan.

But so far only Rs 57 crore had been released by the UGC with only two years of the plan period remaining, he said.

PTI