BPUT students demonstration. (File Photo)
Bhubaneswar ( Orissa):
Campuses of various Engineering College across the State witnessed chaotic scenes with as many as 14,000 students of Biju Patnaik University of Technology began an indefinite strike demanding re-introduction of supplementary examination.
Assistant secretary of BPUT Students' Association A Subudhi alleged that the authorities are not in a mood to pay attention to the demand of the students who have been staging dharna since July 16.
Justifying the demand, he said that the supplementary examination system is still continuing in noted technical institutions like IITs and VIT. It may be mentioned that the university authorities after protests by the students, had waived the year back system in 2007.
However, the University also abolished the supplementary examination system and introduced a new set of examination norms that has become more difficult for the students to accomplish the technical degree.
Over 12,000 students were admitted to various engineering branches in 2004 and out of them only 2,500 students have passed out by the end of 2008, Subudhi added.
The students on the other hand announced their plans to continue the strike till their demands were met. The students also boycotted the final semester examination scheduled for Thursday, association secretary Subhasis Samantray said.
The Association had earlier submitted memorandums to the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Vice-Chancellor, BPUT demanding reintroduction of the supplementary examination system, but went in vain.