V-C roughed up for delaying nod for thesis on Munde

Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad was on Saturday roughed up by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and the Vidyarthi Aghadi alleging that the university was not approving a student's PhD thesis on BJP leader Gopinath Munde's political life.

Dr Vijay Pandharipande, who was appointed V-C in 2010, was conducting a workshop on RTI when BJYM members and the other students barged into the venue and gheraoed him. They also entered into a scuffle with security personnel.

While PhD student Madhav Phad who had been on a hungerstrike to get his subject, 'Gopinath Munde's Role in Social Justice', approved finally got the confirmation on Saturday, the V-C, rattled by the incident, is reportedly contemplating to resign.

The BJYM said Phad (31) had been working on the thesis on Munde and had sought subject approval.

Phad said University officials had been denying him confirmation and alleged this was because he as well as Munde belonged to the Other Backward Class. "I have been seeking confirmation for the past three years. Members of the Recognized Research Centre asked me to change the subject. This shows they are deliberately not allowing OBC students to progress. I had worked hard on the thesis and almost completed it. They cannot reject my subject."

BAMU senate member and president of ABVP university welfare forum Gajanan Sanap said, "The student was asked to start work on his thesis in 2009 when he registered for PhD. For three years he was made to run from pillar to post and finally the authorities told him to change the subject. This is unfair."

Rahul Chaudhary, district president of BJYM, on the other hand, pointed fingers at senate members of the NCP saying they put pressure on varsity authorities to reject the subject.

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