It has been 30 days since Jishnu Pranoy, 18, a first-year BTech (Computer Science) student of Nehru College of Engineering in Thrissur committed suicide. The incident has caused a ripple effect with protests and students coming out with various horror stories about the management. In the meantime, it seems like happenings at the Kerala Law Academy has pulled focus off the matter at the Nehru College.
Regular lectures haven’t been resumed at the college till now. It has come to The Kochi Post’s attention that lectures for the Pharmacy department will begin from today. There hasn’t been any decision about resuming lectures of the Engineering department. Since the unfortunate suicide of Jishnu, Vice principal N.K. Sakthivel, faculty member C.P. Praveen, and Public Relations Officer of the college K.V. Sanjith, have been suspended as part of the inquiry process. The students however seem to feel that the Principal of the institution, Dr AS Varadarajan too, should be asked to step down.
‘Will Jishnu get justice’ seems to be the question students are raising. “Ever since the issue at the Kerala Law Academy has cropped up, Jishnu’s case seems to have lost focus. Officials in the management are corrupt. They try to silence everything using money,” says a student who didn’t wish to be named. “A meeting of parents and teachers was called, but only parents of students who hadn’t participated in the protests were invited for the meeting. Parents of students from the Pharmacy department were invited as they did not show any interest in the matter stating that it doesn’t affect their wards,” says Akhil Mohandas, secretary of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad), Nehru College Union.