Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Strike ends at Utkal University of Culture

BHUBANESWAR: The city-based Utkal University of Culture is set to re-open on Monday with the withdrawal of the ongoing strike by the staff and the students on Sunday. This development is a follow-up to the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor Sadhu Charan Panda earlier this week.
While the employees of the University had gone for a pen-down strike since January 3 pressing for a “fair deal” from the authorities, the students locked the campus since February 2 demanding due infrastructure, study environment and resignation of the Vice-Chancellor against whom they had levelled a series of charges.
The agitating students have further met the Governor and the UGC chairman in New Delhi over the matter.
Utkal University of Culture students’ union president Kanta Kishore Moharana told The Hindu that the union leaders were invited by the Commissioner of Culture and the registrar of the university on Saturday for a discussion that resulted in withdrawal of the strike. 18 demands
“We have 18 demands and we have obtained a written assurance from the university authorities that they would meet those demands,” he added.
Similarly, the Commissioner and the registrar held a separate discussion with the employees on Saturday following which they agreed to resume their duty on Monday, the leaders of the employees union said.
Source: The Hindu


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