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Chennai: Students' unest over the Centre's decision to strip the deemed status to Universities, including those in Tamil Nadu, continued for the second day today.


The Centre, in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court had stated that 44 Universities in India, including 17 in Tamil Nadu, would be stripped of the deemed status as they failed to comply with the requisite norms.


Reports received here said students of Vel's University at Pallavaram on the city suburbs, boycotted classes and resorted to an agitation blaming the management for lack of infrastructural facilities.


They alleged that the University management had collected hefty fees citing the deemed varsity status.


To prevent the situation turning ugly, the management had declared a holiday for a week.


A report from Vallam in Thanjavur said, students of Prist University, which was also in the Centre's black list, resorted to violence, damaging windpanes and destroying furniture.


The students shouted slogans against the University for failing to adhere to the norms fixed for deemed varsity status.


About eight students were taken into custody when they damaged the windscreens of the car of Thanjavur District Deputy Superintendent of Police. As tension prevailed in the premises, the University has ordered closure of classes till further orders. Police resorted to a mild charge to disperse students of Vinayaka Mission University in Salem after they staged a road blockade agitation blaming the management for the present crisis.


Soon after the agitating students hit the streets, police tried to remove them forcibly. As the students did not relent, police used mild force to chase them away.


Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellors of the deemed Varsities, which were sought to be de-recognised, met at a city hotel to discuss the future course of action.


The meeting discussed about the Centre's decision to strip the deemed University status to their varsities and also the subsequent students unrest in some institutions.


Stating that enough notice was not given to them, the Vel's University had already decided to impleaded themselves in the case pending before the Supreme Court.







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