THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: SFI activists’ protest against the Global Education Meet (GEM) at Kovalam on Friday turned violent with some of the protesters manhandling T P Sreenivasan, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC). Sreenivasan, who arrived at the venue around 9 am, was stopped by protesters. He tried to reason with the SFI activists but the situation soon turned ugly. After one of the protesters shouted that he was the vice-chairman of KSHEC, the others started roughing him up. The former diplomat, who was slapped by one of the protesters, fell on the road. None of the policemen who were posted at the venue came to the rescue of Sreenivasan. Sreenivasan was taken to a friend’s house to give medical attention.
This was followed by another round of protests by members of All-Kerala Private College Teachers Association (AKPCTA) who alleged that the objective of the Global Education Meet was to “commercialise education and hand it over to corporates.”