Jeppiaar college calls parents after students go on rampage
October 5, 2010 2 Comments
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Chennai: Following the violence at the Jeppiaar Engineering College,a self-financing technical institution on Old Mahabalipuram Road,the college administration has declared a weeks holiday for its students.
A parent-teacher meeting will be held before reopening the college on Monday,October 11.Our college has framed certain rules and regulations to enable us to deliver quality education to students.Both students and parents have signed papers stating they would obey university regulations.So how can students set ablaze the college laboratory, a college official said.
Police sources said the unrest among the students was sparked allegedly due to the shifting of its director,N Marie Wilson,to a sister institution.Wilson,the son-inlaw of the college chairman Jeppiaar,was moved out allegedly due to a rift in the family.It has been alleged that some hostel students indulged in violence as they were unhappy about the strict restrictions imposed on them,which included banning mobile phones on campus.
A police officer who witnessed the violence said college property worth 20 lakh had been damaged by the students.Cricket stumps,bats and hockey sticks were used to break furniture and windows.Eventually,the police intervened and curbed further violence.
The college administration is yet to lodge a formal complaint at the Semmanchery police station.We cannot intervene unless the college files a complaint.A parent-teacher meeting has been arranged on Monday.If in case they fail to resolve the issue,they will definitely approach us, a police officer said.
Following the declaration of a weeks holiday,many students returned home.Some of the out-of-state students are boarding with their friends in town.The police had arranged buses to assist students in getting to the railway station and bus terminus.
Meanwhile,the college administration is collecting evidence against students who indulged in the violence.The administration has taken photographs and video clippings of the students damaging the window glass panes and setting up fire to the laboratory.