JU Registrar held hostage by IMFA students

Excelsior Correspondent

IMFA students protesting in front of Principal’s Office at Poonch House on Thursday.

JAMMU, Sept 13:Annoyed over the dilly-dally tactics of  the University of Jammu towards a clear cut plan for preservation of dilapidated Poonch House, the agitated students of Institute of Music & Fine Arts (IMFA), held hostage Prof Naresh Padha, Registrar (JU) and his team along with IMFA’s Vijay Saraf Principal and staff in their office for more than one hour, here today.
It was after intervention of police that JU’s high level team comprising of the Registrar, Jai Kumar Sharma, Officer on Special Duty, Executive Engineer and others who had come to hold talks with agitating students of IMFA  that the locked persons were allowed to come out.
The strike and boycott of classes by IMFA students that entered fourth day today had started on September 10, 2012. They went on agitation when  heavy plaster pieces from ceiling of Tabla Studio fell and caused injuries to a student and damaged instruments.
The students’ demands included immediate repairs of the Poonch House and temporary shifting of the classes of Fine Arts Department of IMFA to either New Campus of JU or in Kala Kendra.
The JU authorities promised that within two days a final decision about the demands of students will be taken.  The students however, have decided to continue the protest and boycott  the classes till JU takes concrete steps in fulfilling their demands.

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