Madurai

Siddha medical college closed

Hostelers stage protest seeking alternative accommodation

The Government Siddha Medical College at Palayamkottai was closed indefinitely after the protest by students demanding better basic amenities in the college continued for the second day on Thursday.

Principal Neelavathi said the institution would be closed indefinitely.

As the dilapidated hostel for men at Vannarpet here has to be demolished shortly, the inmates were asked to vacate their rooms without making any alternative arrangement for their stay and food. Those students, who are staying in rented rooms and who have been left at the mercy of private eateries, started a sit-in protest on the college premises on Wednesday. They said the college administration should find a safe temporary place with mess for their stay so that their studies would not be affected.

When the college administration tried to pacify them by saying that the students would be shifted to a hitherto unused hostel near Reddiyarpatti on the outskirts of Palayamkottai, the students refused to accept the offer saying that it was far off (about six km from the college).

As girl students too joined the protest by boys, the principal declared indefinite closure of the college on Thursday evening and asked the girls too to vacate their rooms in the hostel on the college premises. Left with no other option, the students started leaving the college.

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