VC inaugurates college from his chamber

The row over the inauguration of the College of Nursing of Mahatma Gandhi University at Manimalakunnu near Koothattukulam got murkier with the Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal declaring the college inaugurated at a press conference held at his chamber here on Monday.

The announcement comes in the wake of damage caused to the college on Sunday night, a few hours before the inauguration was scheduled to be conducted by the Vice Chancellor. Notably, another function had been announced by another section including Piravom MLA and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob, to be held on November 16 in which the Chief Minister was expected to officially launch the functioning of the college.

Speaking to media persons on Monday, Prof. Gurukkal, whose tenure will come to an end on November 14, deplored the attack and said that conscious attempts were made by certain sections to ensure that the college was inaugurated after the completion of his term.

According to him, the college has been constructed on a plot of land that had been handed over to the Manimalakunnu Rural Education Society.

The University had ensured the completion of the construction with an expenditure of Rs. 10 crore. Wholehearted support had been extended by the former Minister T.M. Jacob, who was also the former president of the society, as well as by former MLA, M. J. Jacob, the secretary of the society. (Mr. Anoop Jacob is the current president of the society.)

“Âfter I had contacted Mr. Anoop Jacob to discuss the inauguration of the college, I was told that the Chief Minister will inaugurate the college. However, he added that the Chief Minister would be available for the programme only after November 16. After I contacted Mr. Oommen Chandy, I learnt that he was not aware of the inaugural function but was scheduled to arrive at the Manimalakunnu Government College for another function. This was why the University had decided to hold the inaugural function on November 12 at 11 a.m.,” said Prof. Gurukkal.

Prof. Gurukkal had decided against attending the function at Manimalakunnu on Monday after being cautioned by the police that his visit could create law and order problems.

He said that while democratic forms of protests must be permitted, any act of hooliganism and violence cannot be tolerated in a democracy. He added that it was wrong to link the progress of an educational institution with political aspirations.

  • Damage caused to college by unidentified persons on Sunday night

  • Civil Supplies Minister wanted to open college on November 16