Berhampur, September 21 (LocalWire): Students of Lingaraj Law College staged a hunger strike in front of the college to press for their demands, including filling the vacant positions of teachers and other faculty members.
The students of the college, which is a constituent of Berhampur University, were also protesting against the collection of fees under various heads without their proper utilisation.
The college has only two teaching staff, including the principal as against the sanctioned strength of five teaching staffs for its 480 students.
The students also alleged that the college is yet to procure new books for its library, despite collecting Rs 150 from each student for the purpose.
Besides these, the students also demanded supply of potable drinking water, cleaning of the toilets and campus sanitation, renovation of main gate, common room and conference hall.
“We have been pressing for our demands for the past two years and the college authorities have always sought time for providing these.
We are now forced to sit on hunger strike to demand fulfillment of what we have paid for,” a student Chinmaya Kumar Hotta said.
The students informed that before launching the agitation, they had submitted a notice to the college principal on Friday.
“These are genuine demands and the authorities should come forward to fulfill them immediately,” another student Namrata Pradhan stated.
Commenting on the matter the college principal Narayan Charan Patnaik said that steps have already been taken to fulfill some of their demands like cleaning of toilets, and procurement of water purifier.