The Vasantrao Deshpande Hall in Civil Lines on Saturday was the scene of unprecedented chaos as the authorities managing the hall allotted same time for two events of two different entities. The outcome was utter chaos and confusion. The Convocation Ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Foundation Day Ceremony of Rashtriya Samaj Party were slated to organized on Saturday (August 29). However, a grave mistake on the part of authorities manning the Hall in allotting the same time resulted in disorder and commotion. The folly also triggered strong protest by activists of Rashtriya Samaj Party. According to Party, their organization was allotted the time from 12 noon to 5 pm but the Convocation ceremony itself concluded at 1.30 pm. Even the Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule who had arrived at the Hall to attend Rashtriya Samaj Party programme had to return as the programme got delayed enormously by a minister’s standard. Moreover, after the Convocation ceremony concluded, a frenzy of sorts was witnessed as the invitees and activists shrugged shoulders with each other at entrance gates while leaving the hall and entering it. Anyhow, the huffed and puffed activists of Rashtriya Samaj Party managed to arrange and start their function.
The Vasantrao Deshpande Hall witnessed another furor on Saturday. While the RTMNU’s Convocation function was taking place inside, a fierce protest was brewing outside by NSUI activists. The activists held demonstrations wielding banners and black flags. The grudge of the NSUI activists was that the RTMNU authorities were sidelining and neglecting students’ problems for years together. The careless attitude of the university has badly affected the students’ prospects. Delays in declaration of results and other nagging issues have put the students in lot of difficulties and at the same time dented the image of the RTMNU in no uncertain terms, said the NSUI activists.