New Delhi: Hours after the vice chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) released notice barring students from conducting Saraswati Puja on campus; he has now rescinded the order.

The Kerala engineering college had in the morning refused to allow north Indian students from celebrating Saraswati Puja in the campus, citing its ‘secular’ fabric as the reason.

Through a letter released by the Joint Registrar of Cochin University of Science and Technology, the vice chancellor denied permission to students to celebrate Saraswati Puja, describing how they can’t permit functions of any particular religion on the campus due to their secular foundation.

Another circular has been released that allows celebrations in, “Peaceful manner without affecting classes and on the date of Visarjan. No procession shall enter the campus.”

The notice sparked a furore among students, calling out the hypocrisy of the order by reasoning that Christmas and other festivals are regularly celebrated in the campus.

Interestingly, this is the same college that almost a year ago ran into a controversy of deceitfully feeding beef cutlets to Hindu students.

Several students last year had alleged that they were served beef cutlets, intentionally by the management on the sidelines of a seminar conducted

A section of students, mostly from north India, had alleged that they were served beef after being told that they were vegetarian, on the sidelines of a seminar on the college campus near Alappuzha on January 25.