The Director and the Registrar of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Warangal has decided to quit following a students protest.

Last Updated: 2010-03-25T01:38:57+05:30

NIT Warangal Director & Registrar Decide to Quit Due To Studentsí Protest

Hyderabad: The Director and the Registrar of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Warangal town of Andhra Pradesh have announced their decision to refrain from their current responsibility. Both the Director and the Registrar have taken the decision, following massive protests by students who alleged embezzlement of funds. As per sources, Director Y.V. Rao and in-charge Registrar C.S.P. Rao announced their resignations late on Wednesday i.e. March 24, 2010, after three hours of protests by students. Moreover, Mr Rao also announced his decision to tender his resignation in the wake of students' protest.
Over 50000 students at NIT campus have laid siege to the Director's office, demanding his resignation over the alleged misappropriation of Rs 40 crore. The amount was allotted by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry for providing basic amenities. The students protested due to misuse of fund that was allotted by HRD ministry for students’ welfare and basic amenities. The students complained about the steep and unilateral increase in fees, absence of toilets for girl students on the campus, poor quality of food being served at the hostels and severe shortage of drinking water.

As per sources, the students made the Director stand for three hours late on Wednesday and shot him 40 questions in the presence of media persons. Rao had no answers, but sought a week's time to set things right. However, students were unrelenting on their demand that he quit immediately. Due to the pressure, the Director wrote a resignation letter addressed to NIT Chairman Deekshitulu, handed them over to students and walked out of the campus. However, it was not immediately clear if their resignations under pressure would be valid and accepted by higher authorities.

- By Iti Agarwal
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