Chennai

Law students protest plans to shift college

‘New campuses too far from the court’

Students of the Madras Law College staged a day-long dharna on Monday protesting against the decision to shift the college.

A section of students continue their protest overnight and expect more students to participate from Tuesday.

A final year student said they were against shifting the premises as it would deny them the opportunity to learn from their practising seniors.

The decision to shift the college followed a violent protest in 2008. The Justice P. Shanmugam Committee had recommended the shift and the government constructed two campuses — in Pattarai Perumpudur village in Tiruvallur district and Tiruporur in Kancheepuram district.

Students said that the Tiruvallur campus was in a reserve forest and the other campus was too far from the Madras High Court. They pointed out that the government had steadilyencroached on the court’s lands for building a police station, a bus stand, an auditorium and Metro Rail.

“The government is of the view that students indulge in strike and prevent the court from functioning, which is not true. Like medical colleges it is imperative that the college is situated close to the court as it will help us learn better. Already we have only around 15 faculty to teach the students,” said another student.

The college principal C. Chockalingam was not available for comment.

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