"We took the step (fast) to shun violence on the campus. The decision over holding students' union poll will be taken by the PG (Post-Graduate) Council," the VC said.
Utkal University was closed on September 18 following incidents of violence on the campus ahead of the students' union election, which was subsequently cancelled.
After the university opened a group of students gheraoed the vice-chancellor demanding that he reconsider the decision to cancel the election.
The agitating students also demanded a new schedule for the election this year.
Meanwhile, Odisha's Higher Education minister Ananta Das said, "The VC has not informed the government about his dharna programme. He has also not held any discussion with me in this regard."
"It is decision of the varsity and not of the government," Das said.
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