Unable to resolve the issues with protesting students, the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) has closed down the institution indefinitely and asked students to vacate the hostels too.
The order came late Tuesday after officials and protesting students were unable to reach any consensus over the scholarship scam and the mode of investigation. Students had demanded that registrar BGSBU Mohammad Rashid Chowdhary be removed from his chair and barred from entering the campus till the completion of inquiry. Though Chowdhary was removed from his post and posted as OSD, but students alleged cheating as according to them he "continues to remain in the office, use his official vehicle and enter the campus." The issue forced students to re-start strike on Monday.
A University handout however said that all of students' demands were met and blamed some unscrupulous elements for resorting to strike and maligning image of the university. On Tuesday evening after the two sides failed to resolve the deadlock, the Vice-Chancellor ordered closure of university till further orders.
"Consequent upon recent student unrest in the campus and its wider implications and for prevailing peace and tranquility in the campus, in exercise of the powers vested with the VC under statue 35 of the university act, all teaching departments including college of engineering and technology, centre of bio diversity, studies and polytechnic are closed with immediate effect till further orders," the order read.
Students were also directed to vacate the hostels with only administrative and essential services remaining open.
The students termed it as a ploy to take the focus away from the scholarship scam. "We were simply seeking free and fair investigation into scam worth lakhs of rupees. In the evening officials handed over the order asking us to vacate the hostel as the university is closed," said a student who was heading home. "We even got threatening calls from outside elements, who comprise of culprits' lobby. In the morning we had to seek assurance of security before heading to our homes."
The university had been rocked by a scholarship scam in which the money meant for the deserving students was siphoned off by some higher officials in connivance with a bank clerk.
A University official said that the decision to resume the class work will be taken later.