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Friday, March 24, 2006

Sathyabama issue erupts again

The media has been full of reports about the unrest at the Sathyabama Deemed University. It looks like things have taken an ugly turn as the management sent thugs (disguised as students) to beat up the students and also to threaten the media. T M Veeraraghav of CNN-IBN claimed that the thugs took possession of the videotape of the CNN-IBN cameraperson and burnt it.

In the war between the AICTE and deemed universities, the students are being used as pawns.

The media became the target of attack this time as well. Cameras and cars were damaged and tapes confiscated allegedly by a section of students and goons hired by the university management.

"Fifty to sixty boys were called from outside. They are not from our college," said a student.

I don’t know why the state government is acting as a silent spectator in this whole issue. If reports are to be believed, Jeppiar has decided to hide behind doors so than he can avoid any trouble.

The agitating students set fire inside the campus and damaged the auditorium as they were not given permission to meet the College Chairman and Chancellor Jeppiaar. The entire campus looked like a war zone as lab equipment, doors and some rooms had been smashed to smithereens. It is being alleged that some of the first year students staying in the hostel were beaten up by the management staff last night for taking part in the protest on Tuesday.

Four students received serious injuries and were admitted to the hospital. The students today gathered together and went to meet Jeppiaar to complain about the incident. However, it is said Jeppiaar was not there and the management representatives asked the students to leave.


  • Kaps, Any ideas on what the state government could do? Though the issue is affecting lots of innocent students, I'm not sure if the government can directly have a say in a private institutions matters.

    By Blogger Jammy, at 7:14 PM  

  • I just can`t get myself to believe that something like this is happening in a college in Chennai..


    By Blogger Srijith Unni, at 7:44 PM  

  • "Politicians are busy making under hand deals for elections they have no time now for these engineering students who would vote for Vijaykanth anyways" - press statement from Jailolita - Kolaikari of dravidanadu

    By Blogger Surya, at 11:50 PM  

  • War clouds have gathered over the Madras High court in the sensational case between the Deemed universities and AICTE ( All India Council for Technical Education ) for which final judgement is awaited.

    The AICTE act 1987 states "To provide for establishment of an All India council for Technical Education with a view to the proper planning and co-ordinated development of the technical education system throughout the country, the promotion of qualitative improvement of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth and the regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system and for matters connected therewith."

    The above makes it obligatory that for proper planning and regulation of quantitative growth and coordinated development of Technical Education, AICTE act should have included that universities deemed or otherwise must be required to take its approval for offering technical education.

    The Supreme Court of India Bench Judgement in September 2001 had clearly stated that the power to grant approval for starting new technical institutions and for introduction of new courses or programmes in consultation with the agencies concerned is covered by Section 10( k ) of AICTE Act which would not cover a university. It clearly emerges that AICTE nod is not obligatory for a university in this context.

    If that be the case, then why is AICTE still claiming in its combined Regulations for Requirement of Grant of Approval which states that "No course or programme shall be introduced by any Technical Institution, University including a Deemed University or University Department or College" EXCEPT WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE COUNCIL.

    However, AICTE claims that the other Sections of the AICTE Act 1987 such as Section 10( o ) and 11 empower the AICTE to prescribe guidelines for admissions and inspection of deemed universities.

    Its clear that in the AICTE Act there is an ambiguity between the various Sections as one of them 10( k ) states that the term Technical Institution does not include University while AICTE claims that in other Sections the term Technical Institution includes University.

    If AICTE Act is an agreement regarding mutual responsibilities between two or more parties, then it amounts to a Contract between the Law Enforcers ( AICTE ) and the Law Abiders ( Deemed Universities ).

    Contra Proferentum is the Rule that is applied when interpreting a clause, in an action that says that, where ambiguity as to a terms meaning exists, it should be read against the party who wrote it. That is, the preferred interpretation will be the one that helps the party who drafted it the least. The reasoning behind this Rule is to encourage the drafter of the agreement to be as clear and explicit as possible and to take into account as many foreseeable situations as possible.

    Clearly, the drafters of the AICTE Act have failed in this account and they must face the music of Contra Proferentum Rule and let the Deemed Universities retain their autonomy in birth as well as functioning. Whoever gave birth to Deemed University only should hold the right to ring the Death Bell for them and middle men of the AICTE kind should keep safe distance.

    According to the Vice Chancellor of the Anna University Prof D Viswanathan, there are four lakh engineering graduates unemployed in Tamilnadu and the writing on the wall is clear that bulk of this number comes from the so called AICTE approved Institutions in Tamilnadu and not the Deemed Universities !!!!.

    By Blogger camelpost, at 9:52 AM  

  • @Jammy,
    A far fetched thought - if the state government can make a move towards acquiring / nationalizing cable tv so that people's / consumer's interested in protest, why can't the state government do a similar thing here?

    Let's hope that the concerns of the students are attended to. Such high handedness doesn't work well for an educational institutions future.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:40 PM  

  • @Surya,
    LOL. it's true that all politicians are too busy securing their future rather than attending to burning issues.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:41 PM  

  • Unfortunately, I am an ex-student of this doomed college and have always regretted for having studied there...I have been following the news articles lately as I live in the U.S. It shocks me to learn the atrocities committed by the management, as they are very much capable of doing it.

    I felt happy when I learnt that the students went on a rampage as it was just waiting to happen with bottled up frustration and ill treatment meted out by rogue Jeppiaar and his uncouth son-in-laws...At the sametime, it hurts to learn that the students were roughed up by the management's henchmen...

    I dont see justice being delivered in this case because of the political connections and the nature of Jeppiaar himself...

    The only solution to this would be for parents and students to refrain from joining ANY of Jeppiaar group colleges.

    By Anonymous Naren, at 4:31 AM  

  • uoAlthough, legally speaking, no technical institution is outside the AICTE's purview, it is only by convention that the Council does not exercise its statutory powers on institutions such as IITs and IIMs. If Law is same for everyone, why are there exceptions? Now read the following and decide.

    As per latest news, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has been facing a severe shortage of faculty.

    Twenty-four departments in IIT-D are short-staffed. "There are 72 vacant positions for professors, associate professors, and assistant professors," according to Assistant Director(administration) DP Kothari.

    By Blogger camelpost, at 10:58 AM  

  • Well, I too have been a student of one of the Jeppiaar run institutions. Needless to say, I am not surprised at the fact that Jeppiaar and his henchmen have resorted to the use of force to silence the voice of the students. I have seen and heard many such acts of force and violence during my four years there. None of these guys, be it Jeppiaar, his son-in-laws are educated. The worst part is that two of the directors at Sathyabama, who are Jeppiaar's son-in-laws do not even have a college degree. These guys are people who dropped out of college in the first year.

    Having said that, my heart goes out to the students of the college. I am not sure of the ramifications of the issues stemming from the non-accreditation of the college from the AICTE.

    This whole process of disciplining students must be stopped. Preventing persons of the opposite sexes from talking to each other is a plain case of human rights violation. Unfortunately, this has gone too far and it is no surprise that the students are getting stiffled by this and are now standing up to them. I have nothing but respect for these students. They have managed to do something that we never did. We turned our backs against such atrocities and just wanted to get the hell out of there.

    But, a word of caution for the students on the frontline of these protests. Once the issues are resolved (or die down), rest assured, Jeppiaar and his croonies will come after a select bunch of students to prevent such acts from happening again. They (the management) knows only two words -Force & Fear. They will use these measures to the fullest to inculcate fear into the students.

    This will end only when parents stop sending their wards to institutions such as these.

    Be prepared for more dreadful acts of violence from the management's side. This is just the beginning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 PM  

  • Although legaly speaking every institution is under AICTE purview, AICTE has used discretion not to include IITs and IIMs which are institutions of the government, by the government and for the government. What a discrimination in a Law abiding Nation!! With the RESERVATION issue picking up for IITs and IIMs, they might as well be renamed as RIIT and RIIM.

    What did this government do to Sarath Babu who studied at BITS Pilani and then later at IIMA and has started a Food Catering unit of his own. He did not get admission by reservation.

    What is the great AICTE all about? If the deemed universities offering BE Computer Science change the nomenclature of the degree from BE Computer Science to MSC Computer Science by a move of their respective senates, AICTE can go hang or stand in a corner and suck thumb.

    Its a joke that you have AICTE standards if you run BE Computer Science but you need not bother about AICTE standards if your University deemed or otherwise is running MSc Computer Science.

    I think the lawyers and judges handling this case of Deemed Universities versus AICTE need some quick education on the realities.

    By Blogger camelpost, at 10:43 AM  

  • There is a Dhyaneswar Vidyapeeth in Pune going about awarding degrees and what has UGC or AICTE done about it. Today many universities and colleges are offering MSc Computer Science for which AICTE has no say. Are standards to be maintained only if its BE or BTech Computer Science and no need for standards if the degree is named MSc? Society is obsessed with talking of standards only in Technical and Medical Education. Does not Science Arts curriculum require Standards to be maintained. After all let people realize that Society does not run only with Engineers, doctors and Pharmacists and requires all fields of knowledge. Let us talk of standards in education and not confine to only technical education

    By Blogger camelpost, at 11:08 AM  

  • I found this poem of BR Natarajan BITS Pilani thought provoking: Hope you also like it.

    Future Shock for India

    Wisdomless Politicians
    Meritless Admissions

    Meaningless Curriculums
    Substance less Examinations

    Faculty less Departments
    Student less Colleges

    VC less Universities
    Knowledgeless Society

    Developmentless Nation
    Into that hell of gloomdom

    My Father,
    Let my country go to Sleep
    Let my country go to Sleep.....

    By Blogger camelpost, at 10:28 PM  

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