Koraput: Scores of students of the Central University of Orissa (CUO) in Koraput on Wednesday boycotted the 10th Foundation Day function of the varsity by observing it as a black day.
The students also launched a protest the CUO authorities for failing to address their long-standing demands.
The agitating students were seen wearing black badges and their mouths taped with black cloths. They took out a rally in the CUO Sunabeda Campus premises with shouting slogans and staged a sit-in at the event venue.
When asked, some students alleged that the varsity authorities have hardly fulfilled the 60-point charter demanded which was given to them during the previous protest, a couple of months ago.
Despite of repeated requests, reminders followed by protests neither the CUO vice-Chancellor nor the authorities paid heed towards our 60-point charter demands, the students further alleged.
As per available information, CUO vice-Chancellor Sachidananda Mohanty tried to hold talks with the agitating students in the presence of police nut the discussion remained inconclusive.
Adequate numbers of police personnel have been deployed at the campus to maintain law and order, informed sources.
Earlier, in 2012 the CUO students had observed the varsity’s foundation day as black day over several issues. The students were on strike for nearly 10 days to press for their demands. At that time Surabhi Banarjee was the vice-Chancellor of the varsity.