Assam University postpones convocation


Silchar: The convocation of Assam University has been postponed even as the indefinite hunger strike by students against the rustication of a research scholar entered ninth day on Tuesday.

AU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dilip Chandra Nath said the scheduled convocation of the varsity on March 1 has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing agitation.

“The office of the Assam University has become functionless due to the agitation. So, no preparation work for the convocation could be done,” he said.

The students are on hunger strike since February 10 with a host of demands, including withdrawal of rustication order against Milan Das, withdrawal of FIR against him and assurance of no action against the agitating students.

With the students sitting in front of the main gate and not allowing anyone to enter the campus, the functioning of the varsity has come to a standstill.

This forced the varsity administration to hold the university Executive Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the prevailing situation outside the campus at Radhamadhab College.

The Assam University Students’ Union (AUSU) president Biswarup Bhattacharjee and general secretary Aritra Babai Dhar asserted that they will not withdraw the agitation until their demands are fulfilled.

Bhattacharjee claimed that nine of their striking students have been admitted in hospital after falling ill and “the university authority has not approached us yet for talks”. -PTI