Movement against Saffronisation of Rajendra Agricultural University

Agricultural University


A movement organized by AISA and CPIML has been ongoing for the last 2 months against the corrupt and dictatorial practices of the Vice Chancellor of the Rajendra Central Agricultural University. The Vice Chancellor is bent on saffronizing the University and creating a UP Raj and financial irregularities are rife. Appointments to posts from Class IV to teaching staff have been made from Uttar Pradesh on a large scale, eligibility being based solely on BJP connections. Whatever partnership with farmers and workers was there (being an Agricultural University) has been ended. Fruits have been auctioned off to corporate companies for the next 3 years, thus snatching away the livelihoods of thousands of people. The Modi government has appointed a Sanskrit professor from Odisha as the Chancellor of this university, who has no connection with agriculture or Botany.

Under the excuse of Corona the main gate of the University was closed, which had been a thoroughfare for common people for decades through which they accessed the Thana, hospital, school, education department offices etc. The main gate was opened after a long struggle. This was a big victory with wide-ranging effects. The dharna protest for this lasted a month and AISA students and women played an important role in it.

There is rampant loot in the name of appointments. Recently more than 50000 applications were collected with Rs 600 fees for recruiting Grade III employees, but only 10000 were issued admit cards for the exam and the question paper was also leaked in advance.

Signature campaigns are ongoing for a probe into the University's financial irregularities and for the Vice Chancellor's removal. A record for the longest running struggle has been created that is being much talked about in the District as well as across Bihar. The movement is continuing for the removal of the Vice Chancellor.

 

No.35
Vol.24