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NU moves to check 'naxal' students

30 May 2008, 0412 hrs IST,Soumittra S Bose,TNN

NAGPUR: The RTM Nagpur University has initiated the process of introducing admission process reforms in its 484-affiliated educational institutions with a view to sort students from the likely agents of anti-national forces like naxals which are known to eye college students for recruitment.

The TOI , in its issue dated May 22, had carried a news report regarding Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) unit alerting the city police about Maoists sleeper cells trying to strengthen themselves by making inroads into at least six to seven city colleges. Reliable sources claimed that several suspicious persons were enrolling in educational institutions under pseudonyms by furnishing bogus documents or getting admitted to the same institutions repeatedly.

The university is also likely to enter in an agreement with the police department to check any possible entry of anti-national elements in the educational institutions. "The city police commissioner has already initiated a student-based anti-terror campaign 'Mission Mrityunjay' in various colleges. We would extend the initiative through a better co-ordination in future so that principals can be in touch with the police department," said pro-VC Gauri Shankar Parasher.

City police chief Satyapal Singh said that the department has already sent letters to about 165 colleges cautioning them about the threat perception and suggesting necessary checks.

Following the recent arrests and seizures made by Chandrapur police, the threat of educational bodies infested by agents of Maoists outfits and their youth cadres working behind the garbs of cultural and social organisations came to the fore. Apart from several colleges in Nagpur, names of various other institutions in Vidarbha surfaced in connection with the presence of naxal activities.

To begin the drive, university is likely to hold a meeting of college principals to alert them about the threat. "Principals would be urged to take help from the teachers to form admission committees at the college level to screen students aspiring to enrol," said Parasher.

Principal Ramesh Gan of PWS College maintained that the process has been already initiated to ensure screening during admissions for academic season 2008-09. "A committee has been formed to check each aspiring students before enrollment. Admission forms would contain personal details of the candidates including their permanent and temporary addresses," said Gan.

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