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CNLU Patna students hunger strike, protest few job prospects

CNLU Patna students are reportedly protesting against the limited job prospects offered by the national law school.

Students were protesting outside the college and blocking the main gate, reported The Telegraph Calcutta on 16 April, having earlier filed a complaint with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar that the college had failed to provide jobs to graduates.

According to the paper the vice chancellor A Lakshminath could not leave the complex until they called the police.

It is understood that students are currently in the process of a hunger strike.

One student told The Telegraph that not a single company had visited campus to offer placements, contrary to the vice chancellor’s alleged promises of organising placement initiatives.

Another student reportedly said that no steps had “been taken to do anything positive”, with the college not even featuring in the country’s top 100 law schools despite earlier promises that CNLU would set an example to other states’ national law schools.

Lakshminath had told the paper that students’ allegations were “completely baseless” because they were frustrated and wanted “things to happen in a hurry.”

He added: “We want them to be good lawyers before entering the profession. As far as placement is concerned, the university is trying to invite companies. In fact, four companies had come here, but they were offering a very little compensation package.”

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in Patna was founded in 2006.

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