Hundreds of students gathered here Friday to demand that a Central
University, sanctioned more than two years ago, be set up in
Jammu. The students were assaulted with canes by the state police
to disperse the rally.
The students tried to take out a procession to press their demand
for early setting up of the university in Jammu and appointment of
the vice chancellor, but were stopped by the police.
The students alleged that police cane charged them, and beat them
Though the Central University for Jammu was sanctioned more than
two years ago, it has not been set up because the union human
resource ministry has not appointed a vice chancellor, and the one
who was appointed declined to join citing personal reasons.
"The police beat us like anything. They used lathis brutally,"
said Pushpinder Singh, one of the student leaders.
According to him, several students were injured in the police cane
Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, a former vice chancellor of Jammu
University, was appointed the first vice chancellor of the Central
University, Jammu, in December last year. However, a group of
Jammu political parties opposed his appointment.
Mattoo, a strategic affairs expert, declined to assume the charge
and instead opted for an assignment in Australia.
Now, Jammu groups have started demanding that anyone may be
appointed vice chancellor, not necessarily a native of Jammu, but
the university should be made functional at the earliest.