The Times of India | TNN | Jan 12, 2017 | Ombudsman to address grievances in engineering colleges |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University will appoint an ombudsman to address students’ grievances in engineering colleges affiliated to it. The university board of governance took the decision here on Wednesday following a directive from the government. Earlier in the day, the cabinet decided to put in place an effective and independent mechanism to protect the students’ rights. Jishnu Pranoy (18), a student of Nehru College of Engineering and Research in Pampadi, Thrissur, had ended his life at the college last week, reportedly following harassment by college authorities.
The technological university has also decided to strengthen its inspection of self-financing colleges. The inspection will be conducted in all 155 affiliated colleges this year and the affiliation will be renewed strictly on the basis of its findings. The UGC and the AICTE had, in 2012, recommended that universities should appoint ombudsmen with independent adjudicating powers to handle the students’ grievances but no university in the state had gone for such appointments. The grievances will include making admissions contrary to merit, irregularity in admission process, withholding or refusing to return any document for admission in an institution, breach of reservation policy in admission as may be applicable, non-transparent or unfair evaluation practices, harassment and victimization of students. – Courtesy