The School and College Students of Puducherry around four thousand boycotted the classes and rallied towards the Lt. Governor’s office and submitted a Memorandum to the Lt. Governor of Puducherry on 14/07/2010 demanding to implement 11 vital demands of students issue:
We are submitting this representation for your Excellency’s kind attention and for suitable action to protect the interest of the students’ community of Puducherry.
1) On 05.07.2010 in the Immaculate Higher Secondary School at Nellithoppe, a girl student studying 10th standard was severely beaten up by the Head Mistress of the School. The student fell unconscious and admitted in the Government Hospital and treated. The parents have lodged a complaint in the Orleanpet Police Station but till date no action was taken by the Police. We request your authority to take steps to file FIR against the Head Mistress responsible for this heartless attitude towards the students and also to remove the Head Mistress from the service by initiating departmental action. We urge your authority to instruct the Puducherry Government to strictly follow the guidelines sent on 09.08.2009 to all State and UT Governments by the National Child Rights Protection Commission banning the corporal punishments in Schools and Colleges.
2) The administration of the St. Joseph Cluny Higher Secondary School at Lawspet ‘compulsorily’ collecting Rs. 6,000 to 10,000 from all the students as building fund and also getting around Rs. 1 Lakh as capitation fee from the parents for the admission of L.K.G. This compulsory collection is totally illegal and amounts to penal punishment under the prevailing Law. We request your authority to initiate action against the school administration and also to take action to refund the illegally collected fund to the parents.
3) The student’s admission to various professional colleges through CENTAC is delayed reason best known to everybody. We request your authority to take steps to finalise the CENTAC list and admission by fixing the counseling date at the earliest.
4) The Priest University at Tanjore is running an off campus Engineering College at Abishegapakkam in Puducherry without any valid recognition from UGC and AICTE. The off campus study centers are not permitted as per the UGC norms and other provisions of Law. The University administration is going on admitting the students without bothering the future of the students. We request your authority to take action against the Priest University and also prevent the administration from admitting the students.
5) We request your authority to take steps to run the Government Medical College in full-fledged manner immediately by getting recognition from the Medical Council of India and also to start the MBBS and other related courses in this academic year itself.
6) The Government failed to place order for the text books for the school students from Tamilnadu in time. The school students are very much affected due to this. We request your authority to take steps to get and supply the text books to the school students.
7) The Government had issued a G.O. that the students who have continuously studied in Puducherry for 3 years will only be eligible to apply for the CENTAC. We request your authority to withdraw the said G.O. to protect the interests of the Puducherry students.
8) The private schools in Puducherry are collecting enormous fees from the parents for admitting the students without any norms and forms. The Tamilnadu Government enacted an Act to regularize the fee structure (Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act). We request your authority to instruct the Puducherry Government to bring an Act immediately to regularize the fees structure following its counterpart.
9) The Private Medical Colleges are cheating the Government in allotting the MBBS seats every year. We are sorry to state that the Government almost surrendering to the administration of the Private Medical Colleges. We request your authority to intervene and take necessary steps to get 50 percent MBBS seats this year as Government quota and also in PG courses.
10) The Bar Council of India had cancelled the recognition for the Government Law College due to various reasons including lack of facilities. The first year admission was also barred due to this decision of the Bar Council. The students of Puducherry are very much affected by this. We urge your authority to instruct the Government to take steps to get back the recognition of Bar Council of India and resume the first year admission.
11) The U.G.C. recognition of the Kasthuribai Government Women’s Arts College in Villianur is in peril due unavailability of adequate buildings for the college. We request your authority to take action to allot fund and construct the building for the college to retain the U.G.C. recognition. It is worth to note here that the poor students in and around the Villianur area are studying in this college.
We, the organization concerned in the student’s welfare and students of various schools and colleges kindly place these demands before your Excellency for immediate attention and necessary action.
1) G. Sugumaran, Federtion for People’s Rights (FPR), Puducherry.
2) C. S. Saminathan, Convener, Puducherry Students’ Federation.
3) S. Sathiamurthy, President, All India Students’ Federation (AISF).
4) V. R. Elumalai, Secretary, Students Wing, AIADMK.
5) P. Saravanan, General Secretary, Puducherry Makkal Vizhipunarchi Iyakkam.
6) M. Narayanasamy, President, Parents, Teachers and Students Association.
7) Veera. Mohan, Treasurer, Periyar Drividar Kazhagam.
8) K. Ayyanar, Tagore Arts College, Puducherry.
9) A. Madan, Government Law College, Puducherry.