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'It's Tragic, But Campaigns Better than Bans'

For Keralites, Onam is more than a celebration. It’s something that brings back sweet memories which are tucked away, of the past. College campuses also celebrate Onam in the same might and vigour. However, it was amidst this euphoria and exuberance that the Onam celebrations went out of hand and resulted in the death of a student on a college campus in Thiruvananthapuram

Published: 22nd August 2015 04:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2015 04:22 AM   |  A+A-

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KOCHI: On Wednesday, a third year Civil Engineering student was fatally injured after a jeep driven by a group of students hit her at College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram. On Thursday, she succumbed to her injuries, leaving behind grieving friends and family.

 Though there a number of possible angles to Thansi Basheer’s death, there is no denial that the celebration got out of hand and turned fatal.

 During this time of grief, City Express caught up with two of the city’s main colleges, St Albert’s College and Maharajah’s College, to summarise the youths’ view points on the incident and the possible restrictions which are on the cards.

Campaign1.jpgWhat needs to be done is a campaign which will curb the use of drugs on campus.

I think there is no point in bringing restrictions. The incident that happened at CET is said to have occurred because the driver was in an inebriated state along with his companions. Thus, a campaign against drugs will prove more beneficial than restrictions or a ban.”

- Aysha, Student, Second year BSc Zoology

Campaign3.jpgIn the wake of the accident on CET campus, a staff meeting was held here on Friday. In the meeting, we decided to keep an eye on the vehicles entering the campus. Those who violate the directives will have to face stern action.

 This is my first day at Maharaja’s College. I am yet to learn the situation on the campus. Meanwhile, in the wake of the fatal incident at CET, we had called a staff meeting and decided to take stern action against those who violate the vehicle directives. A circular in this regard will soon be read out in all classes. There were reports that some outsiders’ vehicles were entering the campus in the evenings

- Beena N L, Principal, Maharaja’s College

(Meanwhile, an Assistant Professor at the college said that her colleague nearly missed being hit by a speeding bike the other day on the campus when she was preparing to return home. ‘’She was lucky to veer away from the speeding bike. Otherwise, the story would have been different. Speeding vehicles now have turned out to be a menace in our campuses,” she said.)

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