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Protest against vice-chancellor turns violent at University of Kerala, SFI members clash with police

Protests in University of Kerala against Vice-Chancellor PK Radhakrishnan took a violent turn on Friday when members of Students Federation of India (SFI) clashed with the police, said a media report.

According to News18, SFI students took out a protest march towards the Kerala university seeking removal of the vice-chancellor. The report added that when the protesters tried to break down barricades set up by police at university entrance, police had to resort to lathi charge and water cannons.

The situation was later brought under control by the police.

On 7 December, during the meeting of the Kerala University Syndicate, SFI activists had barged into the university headquarters and staged protests alleging irregularities in the recruitment to faculty positions at the university, The New Indian Express had reported.

University of Kerala. Image courtesy: keralauniversity.ac.in

University of Kerala. Image courtesy: keralauniversity.ac.in

According to a section of the Syndicate members, certain discrepancies in the appointment for the post of assistant professor in February, the report added.

According to The Hindu, the vice-chancellor was ‘gheraoed’ inside the Syndicate room during the meeting by members demanding an inquiry into allegations of nepotism in the appointment of a faculty member in the Department of Education.

The report added that the vice-chancellor had conceded to set up a four-member Syndicate subcommittee to probe the allegations of nepotism.

The vice-chancellor, according to Deccan Chronicle,  on 2 December had intervened to rectify the ''anomalies'' in the appointment of teaching staff in the university departments when complaints that reservation was being sabotaged were raised.


Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 14:21 PM | Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 14:21 PM

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