CHENNAI: With the State government coming out with guidelines to put down student clashes within and outside the campus, ‘Route Thalaivars’ and hooligan gangs, instigating violence would henceforth be facing the music. No more kids glove treatment! Rustication and blacklisting besides legal proceedings are listed among the punitive measures.
It is an effort aimed at tackling these anti-social elements, found to be the root cause for the majority of student clashes in the city.
The guidelines that gives more teeth to the college managements was framed after a detailed study carried out by the City Police on the direction of Commissioner S George, with subsequent recommendations.
The study found out that students travelling by a particular MTC bus route often gang up and proclaim themselves as ‘route thalaivars’. Such gangs indulge in violence causing trouble to the and public, marring the image of the educational institutions. The guidelines mandate formation of Campus Monitoring Flying Squad (CMFS), Hostel Committee, College Supervision Committee, and University Level Committee which will keep a vigil on the campus.
As per the guidelines, the student found committing a minor offence will be let-off with a warning after informing the parents. But, recurring offenders will be stripped off Identity Card and free bus pass and the case would be reviewed later for restoration.
The third time offender will be issued show-cause notice followed by an inquiry and the concerned could even be rusticated if the charges are proven.
The college principal has been empowered to conduct inquiry within 24 hours and issue Transfer Certificate to the students in case of police registering a case against the students or CMFS establishing the involvement of the students in major violence on or off campus. If the students subjected to action did not report, the TCs will be deposited with the concerned Registrar of University for necessary action. That will not be the end. The Registrar of concerned University shall take action to blacklist such students involved in criminal activities and issue circulars to all universities not to admit such students in any colleges in the State.