Private colleges bandh on Monday-Demands probe by HC judge on student suicides

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Leaders of Student Unions’ JAC have sought an inquiry by a High Court judge into the increasing suicides by students in corporate colleges. They have given a call to the bandh of private colleges on Monday.

They demanded immediate removal of Minister for Municipal Administration P.Narayana from the State Cabinet and charged the HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao for stating the students were resorting to extreme step either due to family problems or love affairs.

A round table conference organized by the SFI, the AISF, the YSRSU, and the PDSU today. CPI State secretary K.Narayana attributed the situation to the government treating education as a business sector. ‘ The government should be held responsible for the rise in the student deaths and action should be taken against the management of Narayana and Sri Chaitanya colleges’, he said.

CPI(M) State Secretariat member Y.Venkateswarulu extending support said that the government should initiate action against the private and corporate colleges that were flouting norms and mounting pressure on the students.

According to sources, as many as eight students committed suicides in the corporate colleges during the last ten days and a total of 60 students committed in the last three years. The students who committed suicides during the current year are B.Sandeep of Kurnool Narayana College, Varadha Reddy Pranay of Kurnool Narayana, Mohd. Akram of Kurnool Sri Chaitanya, Geedam Bharati of Kakinada Narayana, K.Nagamuneedra of Kadapa SV Junior College, Pavani of Kadapa Narayana, P.Ewsar Reddy of Gudavalli Krishna Narayana, P.Laksmi Narasimha Murty of Nuzvid IIIT, Bhargav Reddy of Vijayawada Sri Chaitanya and Anil Kumar of Ongole Sri Chaitanya (who attempted suicide).

Chief Minister appeals:: Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu appealed the parents not to exert pressure on the students resulting in committing suicides. He wanted that students should learn in a peaceful atmosphere. He was participating at a function held on the eve of Abdul Kalam Jayanti at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium where he presented Pratibha Puraskars. He said that at present 6,500 Pratibha Puraskars are being given to the students who excel in their studies will be increased by another 1,000. For this, the government would spend Rs.30 crore. The Pratibha Puraskar comprises of Rs.20,000 in cash, medal, laptop and ‘Secret’ book.

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