Amid the row over the suicide of a student allegedly due to harassment by management of Nehru College of Engineering, Pambady, here, more students have come out with shocking revelations about the illtreatment meted out to them at the institute.
While a student recollected the experience of witnessing brutal torture of another student by teachers, others listed out the methods of harassment including naming and shaming of pupils as ‘notorious’. “I had seen a student being brutally beaten up after making him sit on a chair. Not only Sanjith sir, but a politician from outside was also assaulting him,” a student said on condition of anonymity.
He said there is an undeclared ban on girls and boys walking together on the campus. “If a boy is seen entering the campus with a girl, it’s the end of his life there. One day a teacher read out a list of students in our classroom and said they have been included on the notorious list. Still, I can’t understand what crimes they have done,” he said.
The college also charges fine from students if they grow beard. “I was not allowed to write an exam because I had not shaved that day. I pleaded with the invigilator to let me write the exam, but he didn’t,” another student said. It is also alleged that the college often fails those who don’t pay fine and debars them from examinations.
Jishnu, a computer science student of the college, committed suicide on Friday after being allegedly harassed by teachers for malpractices in examination. The police have launched a probe into the incident.
Meanwhile, television channels reported, quoting APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (initially Kerala Technological University) sources, that there was no exam malpractices at the college. Agitated over the incident, students of various outfits vandalised the office of the college on Monday.