KOCHI: Gopakumar (name changed) and his daughter reached the city from Wayanad on Sunday evening. They booked a room at a hotel near Maharaja’s College. The businessman was keen that his daughter be on time on the inaugural day of her three-year-long degree course at the college. But they were left shocked and perplexed when they welcomed to the college with the shocking news of Abhimanyu’s stabbing. Ironically, he, along with other students, were engaged late on Sunday night in sprucing up the college to welcome newcomers.
“How can we feel at peace when our children are studying in such a college? We are really afraid of letting our kid study here. We are planning to seek admission in some other college where there is no campus politics,” said Gopakumar. According to Suhas and Lijo, former students who reached at the college on hearing the news, many who came from different part of the state are also thinking of cancelling their admission.
“The college sank to this devastating state after it received the autonomous status. If the students earlier ruled the college, now the police and management are ruling the college. If this continues, parents will have second thoughts about enrolling kids here,” said the old students.
However, college authorities said politics and the turn of events will not influence the campus. “For the past year, there was a peaceful atmosphere in the college. This was an unfortunate event, but it did not happen inside the campus. Several parents have approached us today with no problem about enrolling their children here. Getting an admission in Maharaja’s is a privilege,” said Shyam Kumar, a Botany lecturer and a member of the discipline committee.
First-year classes suspended
Classes for first-year students at Maharaja’s College were suspended until further notice, said a release from the college principal. According to the principal, the exams planned earlier have also been postponed and the date will be announced later. Meanwhile, the classes for the second, third degree and for PG will start on Wednesday.