Bhubaneswar: Some agitating students of Utkal University, Vani Vihar, torched an ambulance of the university protesting over the state government’s decision to establish the second campus of Rama Devi (RD) Women’s University in Vani Vihar premises here.
Tension erupted today as the authorities of Higher Education Department failed to revoke the said decision after three days of continuous protest by the Utkal University students.
The agitating students also locked all the entry gates of the university. All classes have been suspended for the last three days, while on-going university examinations have been cancelled, sources said.
Hundreds of students of Utkal University staged three-hour long road-blockade on NH-16 in front of the main gate of the campus in the capital city.
The protesting students including the girl students squatted on the NH, burnt tyres shouting slogans and urging the state government to revoke the decision in this connection.
Notably, the state government has constituted a committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University to identify 30 acres of land in the existing campus of the Utkal University for recommending the allotment to the second campus of RD Women’s University in the state capital.
Currently, RD Women’s University runs in the same campus of erstwhile Rama Devi Women’s College in the city.