Denied admission, students turn violent at Motilal Nehru College

Express news service Posted online: Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Angry over being denied admission to BA Programme, students resorted to violence on Wednesday evening at Motilal Nehru College in Delhi University’s South Campus. The students did not meet the eligibility criteria, the college said.

According to the college’s officiating principal S K Sharma, who was present when the trouble began, the commotion started around 4.30 pm.

“Parents and students gathered and started shouting slogans. They entered the staff room and started breaking tables and chairs and even broke into the principal’s office, where they shattered windowpanes and misbehaved with employees. Terrified, we contacted police and ran to the college playground,” Sharma said.

According to college employees, the few police officers deployed could not handle the group, resulting in college employees being stuck on the campus till late evening. “The group had surrounded the gate and police were unable to make them move. So we were stuck on the college premises,” Sharma added.

A senior police officer said, “We have detained four persons who barged into the principal’s office. We will take action against them.”

However, parents claimed that trouble began when college officials ‘arbitrarily’ denied admission to certain students and misbehaved with them.

“Even after clearing the desired cut-off, the college refused to give my child admission. When we asked why, officials started misbehaving with us,” Prem Verma, a parent present at the college, said.

Cut-off for admission into BA Programme was pegged at 68 per cent by the college. College authorities claimed that even though many students had cleared the requisite cut-off, the college had only a certain number of vacant seats left for students who had studied a particular combination of subjects.

“The cut-off was set at 68 per cent, but only students with a particular combination of subjects — English B + Hindi A — were eligible for admission. Our only mistake was that we were unable to communicate this to the students,” Sharma said.

“Students were protesting outside the college on being denied admission, even though they had cleared the cut-off, when police took a few students to RK Puram police station. Students belonging to ABVP, NSUI and INSO were also taken away by police,” Saket Bahuguna, general secretary, ABVP said.

NSUI spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey also confirmed that some NSUI students were detained by police.