It seems the ripples of agitation against self-financing private engineering colleges that began from Nehru Engineering College Pampadi, Thrissur, are spreading across Kerala.
The students of the Albertian Institute of Science and Technology (AISAT), Kalamassery near Kochi, have on Feb 13 launched a stir against the college management for imposing stringent disciplinary code on the campus. AISAT is run by the Archdiocese of Verapoly.
Various student organisations are aiding the students in the agitation.
“AISAT students are not allowed to grow hair or beards. Muslim girls are not even permitted to wear hijab. All students have to wear black socks, black belts and executive shoes or pay a fine of Rs.100,” said the student leaders.
“There was even an incident where a student preparing for Sabarimala pilgrimage was asked to remove his chain and shave before entering the exam hall,” they alleged.
Agreeing that the college did follow certain rules on students’ dressing, AISAT principal K E George said, “The disciplinary measures aim at grooming students as capable professionals by the time they complete the four-year course. Such rules exist in almost all engineering colleges of the state. Good habits make students confident for facing placement interviews.” “Nobody had raised any complaints on the measures so far,” he added.
Meanwhile, the first day of the agitations itself saw a divide among different student outfits, all of who tried to score brownie points from the agitation. While the SFI - whose leaders claimed they launched the agitation and others followed suit - stood alone, the KSU, ABVP, AISF and MSF joined hands to fight for the students.
Source: New Indian Express
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