Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Cooperative College students forcibly stops construction of XLRI new campus

Protest closing of thoroughfare
: A group of students from Jamshedpur Cooperative College on Monday agitated against the ongoing construction work of the new international campus of XLRI and forcible halted the process in protest against closing of a thoroughfare by the B-school management.

Under the banner of Jamshedpur Cooperative College Bachao Sangharsh Samity students barged inside the under-construction new campus of the XLRI protesting closing of a way which was used by the students.

“We are here to protest the dominating attitude of XLRI management, Several students from Mango and Sakchi used to use a road near the college campus to reach their destination in short time.

However, XLRI management constructed boundary wall when the college was closed for festive season and due to this several students who came for classes after opening of the college faced problems,” said Pawan Singh, one of the members agitating at the campus.

He alleged that administration is also supporting XLRI management by keeping silent with the B-school authorities closing the thoroughfare by constructing boundary wall.

“We want to pressurise the district administration to stop construction work and ensure that road is reopened by XLRI authorities while constructing their new campus.

We have decided to fight for our demands,” said the student leader.
It may be mentioned that Jamshedpur Cooperative College is situated close to the B school. XLRI was granted 10 acres land by Tata Steel in 2008 for its new campus.

Recently XLRI had expressed concern over the security of the campus. XLRI has initiated steps to seal all the outward-facing entrances that might be a potential source of unauthorized infiltration into the campus.

XLRI administrator and financial controller Fr George Fernandes, said they are concerned campus from being used as outsiders and cause security threat to foreign students as part of the global management program.

“We have taken permission to build boundary wall in view of security threat as the road opens at Marine Drive and Jubilee Park at one end,” he noted.

Jamshedpur Cooperative College principal R. K Das admitted that the road does not fall in their area but said that since it was used by their students for last several decades the management institute authorities should have taken them into confidence before closing it.Dhalbhum sub divisional magistrate Prem Ranjan has ordered for stalling of construction work.

Accordingly, XLRI submitted a letter to the Deputy Commissioner explaining all the facts and the reasons for closing all the outward-facing entrances.

Moreover there are roads on either side of the proposed wall leading to the Marine Drive. In view of the past
untoward instances and the likelihood of future unauthorized infiltration, XLRI has also intimated all the concerned district authorities regarding the urgent need for round-the clock campus security.

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