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Latest: CNLU Patna hunger strikers wait for CM, allege recruitment whitewash

CNLU Patna (not during the strike)
CNLU Patna (not during the strike)
Exclusive: The CNLU Patna hunger strike has entered its third day as protesting students demand a meeting with Bihar’s chief minister (CM) hoping to improve the placement process for future batches.

Eleven students from CNLU’s first passing-out batch have been on a hunger strike, as reported yesterday, with others extending full support by appearing in large number at the campus.

“Some students have started hunger strike also, but once the chief minister grants a meeting they will stop,” confirmed CNLU vice chancellor A Lakshminath.

“The final year students having passed out in the month of May and June wanted some placements and we are trying our best to invite companies and they have promised to come either this week or next week,” he told Legally India.

“Every effort is being made by the university to make sure placements happen and companies will be coming. Some have even finalised their dates of visiting the campus, we’re also trying for placements with companies within Bihar also. We are contacting industries and associations like All India Reporter,” he added.

“The situation should improve but basically their demand is to meet the chief minister and he may grant a meeting depending on his convenience.”

Rahul Anand, who is one of the students sitting on hunger strike, said: “We are on protest because not even a single company or law firm has visited college for placement and our college administration told the state government that all 80 students have been placed.”

The agitation started after a group of four students including Anand met the chief minister Nitish Kumar during his weekly janta darbar.

“The chief minister told us that he has information that all the students have been placed and the VC is trying now to place the fourth yr students,” said Anand. “But the fact is that not even a single company has visited CNLU and not even a single student has been placed anywhere in India.”

According to Anand, the students waited for a few days after taking to the CM, but on Monday this week they decided to commence a strike demanding for the CM to visit the college and see for himself that no students from a batch size of 80 was placed.

“As a part of protests the students blocked the administrative activities in the college while the academic activities have not been hampered,” added Anand.

Anand further said that the students tried on their own to get in touch with law firms but received no positive response as they had started late in February. The reason for the delay in initiating the process was lack of co-ordination with the college authorities who had otherwise assured of inviting companies for placements.

One student commented that one member of the college authorities had claimed “this is Bihar and no one wants to come to Bihar”.

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

The college was rapped by the Bar Council of India (BCI) in September 2010 for not having “minimum standards required under the rules”, threatening derecognition of the college in the absence of a response.

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