Harsha Raj Gatty
StoryInfinity for Daijiworld.com
Puttur, Jul 20: Over 2,700 college students continue to face indefinite 'suspension', if not in compliance with new regulation of Vivekananda College at Puttur.
The newer regulation announced on Wednesday, includes students being barred from bringing mobiles to the campus, and no-exit outside the campus premise (9am-4pm) during the college hours. The students are also told to completely vacate the campus, post the class hours and not to hang-around within the premise. The students, including Paying Guest (PG) residents, were further advised to avail lunch services (yet to be arranged within the campus) or bring their own-cooked meal.
However, the students miffed with the newer announcements staged protest on Wednesday. Subsequently, when the students reached the college on Thursday, they found things amiss. "When some of us reached the campus on Thursday morning, few teachers and the campus security asked us to go back, and we are not told when the classes will resume" a student of the Vivekananda College said.
The students also add that the college authorities have sternly warned them against talking to the media or sharing any opinion about any matter or student belonging to the institution. “How can we be in the same campus and not talk to our female classmates? The college authorities say they will suspend us, if boys and girls are found talking to each other,” a student said.
Another student added that the college does not have the facility to cater to the lunch requirement of so many students.
Speaking to the media over the concern raised by the students, Srinivas Pai, president of Management of Vivekananda College, clarified that in case of emergencies, students can obtain permission and leave home. All these measures are in the interest of keeping in mind the students’ welfare. "None of the students are suspended, nor have the previous three days been a holiday. But, the parents and the students are required to meet their respective faculty, understand and agree to follow the new rules and regulations, only after which they can continue to their academic and education programme in the college," he said.
Regarding the mess facility, Pai said that the college tentatively would enhance the capacity of its canteen facility. Further, tentatively some of the students can go to existing canteen near the hostel.
The stringent action from the college authorities comes in the backdrop of the arrest of five of its students, for allegedly gang-raping a girl and filming the incident (in February-March).