HC seeks lawyers view to revive Ravenshaw glory

Cuttack, Feb 2 (PTI) Expressing concern over worseningsituation in Ravenshaw University here, Orissa High CourtChief Justice V Gopala Gowda appealed to lawyers to suggestways to revive the institution�s lost glory.

�������� �Please come forward with suggestions as to how torevive the lost glory of the Institution�, the Chief Justicetold lawyers while adjudicating over at least three PILsfiled by former student leaders of erstwhile Ravenshaw Collegeseeking a direction from the court to create congenialambience inside the University campus.

�������� The famous Ravenshaw College has been in the news forwrong reasons ever since it was upgraded to a University in2006. The University recently was in turmoil and the academicactivities came to a standstill when its main gates werelocked up for over one month in two phases due to students�unrest over the occupancy of a renovated hostel.

���������While the contentious hostel had been the residencyof boys ever since it was set up 1921, University authorities,for some reasons are now trying to convert the same to agirls� hostel after renovating it recently at a huge cost.

���������When both University and government authoritiesfailed to solve the imbroglio, PILs were filed in the HighCourt following which the court constituted a peace committeeand it suggested among other things that the heritage hostelshould continue as a boys residency.

��������But university authorities opposed this suggestionof the peace committee and filed an affidavit in the courtseeking adequate security in the campus for students� unrest.

��������Describing the present hostel episode as a peripheralissue, the Chief Justice said: �The actual problem lieselsewhere�. He further said that unnecessarily the studentswere being made scapegoats for no fault of theirs.

������� The Division Bench of Chief Justice and Justice B NMohapatra however, completed hearing of the cases and reservedits order after seeking cooperation from senior lawyers tohelp the Court tackle the issue amicably.

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