Kerala MG University and CST Church fight each other

CSI diocese comes down heavily on MG varsity VC

Express News Service Express News ServiceFirst Published : 19 Jul 2010 05:13:28 AM IST
KOTTAYAM: The tussle between the bicentenarian CMS College here and the SFI took a dramatic turn on Sunday with the CSI Madhya Kerala diocese, which manages the college, coming out strongly against Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal for his reported comments against the management and college principal the other day.
Lashing out against the Vice-Chancellor, diocesan and college authorities had gone even to the extent of reminding him as one who is not aware of the value of the high post he adorns and one who has proved `not fit’ to hold the chair. The diocese and the management have also decided to petition the Chancellor with a complaint against the VC for his `political statements’ against the college and taking up the `counsel’ of a student dismissed from the college for proven `criminal acts’.

The rigid stance of the management and diocese was presented at a news conference here on Sunday. Incidentally, the air was worsened in the morning itself with Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy asking the Vice-Chancellor and university to make it clear whether the agreement reached between the management and the SFI to facilitate the appearance of a sacked student activist aligned with the latter in varsity examinations has any `legal locus standi’.
Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal maintained that there is lack of clarity in the agreement but reiterated that it was the college principal’s stance which had worsened the whole issue.

CSI Bishop commisari Rev T O Oommen, diocesan priest secretary Rev P U Paulose, registrar Stephen J Daniel and college protection council chairman Rev Thomas K Oommen told a news conference that the Vice-Chancellor was seemingly eager to take up the cause of the dismissed student on political lines, though fully aware of the former’s acts of violence and indiscipline. “The Vice- Chancellor is displaying a moralistic anguish for the dismissed student, which was not evident when the 200-year old college was smashed recently”, they charged, in the presence of principal M M Korah. Diocesan treasurer Rev Kuruvilla George was also present.

CMS College issue settled

KOTTAYAM: The student stir at the CMS College was settled as a result of the mediation of Justice K T Thomas, on the basis of a formula presented by him at the talks held on Thursday, at his residence at Kanhikkuzhy here.

According to the formula thrashed out by Justice Thomas, the college principal should accept the application submitted by Jaik C Thomas, the dismissed second year B A student and SFI activist, for permitting him to appear in the university examinations at the CMS College.

The principal should forward the application to the university with necessary recommendations and relevant documents, and also specifying that the proposal is on the basis of an agreement reached earlier by the Additional District Magistrate (ADM).

The student should request the university to condone his period of absence from studies as a leave term so as to enable the former to give the nod to write the examinations.

Principal M M Korah and the management had mellowed their stance and acceded to the suggestion that Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU) will be asked on record to consider the duration of suspension period of the student as leave days, and thereby adjust the shortage of attendance.

It is understood that the Leftdominated MGU Syndicate will prepare further ground to give the nod for the specific purpose. The solution to the nearly threemonthlong student stir came after deft moves made by Justice Thomas, who emerged as a mediator recently on the pleas of the warring parties on the issue.

His intervention was sought as the agreement brokered by the district administration ended in a controversy.

The SFI had launched a fresh stir against the college, while the dismissed student remained hapless and could not write the examinations.

Justice Thomas had taken special care not to ruffle feathers of both the sides and had underlined that the formula would be based on the condition that criminal cases pending against the students will not be withdrawn and settled through the courts only.

Shedding his reluctance to attend the reconciliation meetings held so far, principal M M Korah also attended the meeting.

In a way, the understanding reached at the meeting that the principal should apprise the MGU and forward sufficient records to enable the varsity to permit the dismissed student to write the examinations, underscores the allegation that he had not forwarded relevant documents so far, despite claims which were being made by the college management. Justice Thomas had given necessary inputs to wriggle out of the issue legally, while arriving at a truce, subject to the official agreement inked at the meeting convened by the ADM earlier.


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