Engineering student’s death: Meet with management fails

Protesters have submitted seven demands to the college

Students of Amrita School of Engineering, where a final-year student allegedly ended his life on October 21, continued their protest for the fourth consecutive day. The deceased, Sri Harsha, was reportedly facing harassment from the management.

The protesting students met the management and the police on Thursday, but said they were not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.

While the management has reportedly declared holidays, students said they will continue to protest.

“The college management is stating that food and water (in the hostel) will be changed. But what about justice for Harsha? We want the college to show audio and video of the inquiry committee’s interaction with Harsha,” said a student.

Protesters have submitted seven demands to the management, which include termination of the disciplinary committee and formation of a students’ union to act as a bridge between the management and students. They have also sought the resignation of the associate dean and director of the college, and want chancellor Mata Amritanandamayi to visit the college and listen to their grievances.

The management, in a press statement, said that they have set up a seven-member enquiry committee to initiate disciplinary measures claiming that the students, while protesting against the lack of water supply, had destroyed property.

While students maintained that Sri Harsha had been suspended by the college, the management claimed otherwise. In the press release, they said that while 19 students were suspended from attending classes pending enquiry, Sri Harsha’s name was not on the list, and that he only had to make a routine appearance before the committee.

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