Taking a cue from the fatal accident of three students of Tamil Nadu College of Engineering here recently, Registrar (in-charge) of Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, Commodore (Retd.) S. Premchand, has issued guidelines regarding conduct of functions in colleges.

J. Nandhakumar, T. Velumani and M. Vignesh, all second year students, were electrocuted while erecting a 28-ft long iron pole to mount a flex banner in front of the college, the night before a function earlier this month.

After a detailed enquiry into the incident, the university has come up with guidelines to regulate the conduct of functions and also the involvement of students for organising such events, Vice-Chancellor K. Karunakaran told The Hindu .

Regarding the display material, the guidelines stipulated the size of the banner, the height it should be displayed at, the material that should be used, etc. It also said that no display should be kept outside the college campus and if such display was required, approval from civil authorities should be obtained. All iron and steel equipment should be kept under lock and key and should not be accessible to students without permission.

The college authorities should ensure that skilled labourers and not students were used for laborious work. All such activities should be done under the supervision of the faculty. Functions should be scheduled in such a way that students could reach home at a safe hour.

Students should ‘strictly adhere' to the hostel timings. In case any special permission was needed, it could be granted only after thorough verification and informing parents.

According to the letter, all principals / directors of the affiliated institutions of the university should ensure strict compliance of the guidelines.

Mr. Karunakaran has also requested the college management to consider paying a solatium “which may be at least equivalent to five years of expected annual earnings of the students (who were electrocuted), apart from the amount to be paid by the insurance company”.

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