The row over admission of Nirmal Madhavan, a student at the West Hill Government Engineering College, was temporarily settled at a conciliatory meeting chaired by District Collector P.B. Salim at his chamber here on Wednesday.

The meeting, attended by leaders of political parties, agreed to reopen the college on Thursday.

District Collector P.B. Salim said a six-member committee, comprising academicians, would inquire into the issue in detail. The committee would submit its report to the district administration within a week, he said.

Dr. Salim said the recommendations of the committee would be submitted to the State government. “All political party leaders have decided to accept the findings of the committee,” the Collector said. He said the students had already lost 27 working days following the row.