Jajpur, November 20 (Odisha.in) Fed up with the failure of the college authorities to accord permission in the Information Technology (IT) subject in plus two stream from the government since last couple of months, students of N.C Autonomous College, the lone government college in Jajpur district at last took a big step to fulfill their demand.
Hundreds of students including their leaders on Tuesday locked both the entrance and exit gates of the college and prevented employees including their teachers and even students to enter into the college.
They staged an indefinite mass dharna in front of the main gate of the college and organized a protest meeting demanding immediate subject permission from the government.
Test examination for the second year plus two students in the college could not be held following the agitation.
According to sources, N.C. college authorities in its admission form and prospectus had mentioned IT as a subject available for the students seeking admission into plus two streams in 2006-07 educational sessions.
As many as 40 students from Jajpur and Bhadrak districts got admitted into the IT subject accordingly.
When classes in the IT subject could not be held, students brought the matter to the notice of the principal.
Instead of arranging classes, the principal of the college forced the students to change their subject. But the students stood by their demand for classes in IT subject resulting in college authorities to hire faculty members from outside for the IT classes.
The students got agitated after they were informed by a source that their subject (IT) was not accorded permission by the government.
They immediately contacted with the principal on the issue and the latter assured them subject permission in time. A couple of days ago students of IT subject met the principal and asked him about subject permission and the principal told the students allow him four days. But the permission yet to be accorded in the IT subject.
After being harassed, the irate students gheraoed the entrance and shut down the entrance and exit gates despite deployment of police personnel. The students threatened indefinite agitation if demand is not met.
Contacted, Jajpur SP D S Kuttey said though the situation is tense but under control. “One platoon of police forces has been deployed at the college. The students are on dharna in front of the entrance gate demanding immediate permission to be accorded in favour of their admitted subject.”