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RANCHI: The 2006 batch of the undergraduate students of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday ransacked the administrative
building of the institute seeking announcement of their examination schedule.

The agitators, numbering about 90, indulged in brick-batting and stone pelting. Besides, breaking the windowpanes of the administrative building, they even lay a siege to the director's chamber for over three hours to press for the fulfilment of their demand.

The mayhem continued till the director-cum-chief executive of the RIMS, N N Agrawal, faxed a request letter to the controller of examination, Ranchi University, asking him to conduct the examination by the second week of July. Agrawal also apprised the RU VC of the matter.

Around 12 noon, the students gathered outside the director's chamber after their efforts to meet the dean, S N Choudhary, proved futile. On Tuesday, the students had called on RU examination controller A K Mahto but failed to draw any assurance on the conduct of examination that has been delayed since March due to the general elections.

Prompted by the RIMS Junior Doctors Association (JDA), the medicos called on Agrawal and asked him to take up the matter with the university authorities.

According to a JDA member, Kundan, the students are quite worried about their future since their examination for the second professional course scheduled for March 2009 has been delayed for over three months. Strangely, even as the notifications for the 2004 and 2008 batches were issued recently, there was no mention of the 2006 batch.

Another 2006 batch student said that instead of pursuing their studies , the students have been running from pillar to post to get their examination schedule announced. He said the university had announced earlier that their examination would be conducted after the elections. But a notification issued on March 18 said that the examination would be held from April 2.

"In view of the prevailing confusion over the examination dates, many students left for their native places. Since they did not have money on their return for filling up the examination forms, we unanimously decided to fill up the forms later when fresh dates for the examination are announced," said a student on the condition of anonymity. He said that students of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, too, are facing similar problems.

He said that even as the university authorities asked students to fill up forms and pay penalty later for the delay, no firm assurance was given on the examination schedule.

Agrawal, however, said that the university is ready to conduct examination by the second week of July. He said the VC has agreed to waive off the late fine clause. source:TimesofIndia.

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