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Egmore college students stage sit-in

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JULY 30. Students of the College of Arts and Crafts today staged a flash sit-in on the college premises, demanding that the authorities intervene to improve the infrastructure, disburse scholarships, distribute free materials and update the curriculum.

When contacted, the students said the toilets were not maintained properly. Two art galleries were closed suddenly. Latest books on various subjects were not available and there was a ``lack of professionalism among teachers''.

Explaining the measures taken by the authorities, the principal, Mr. R. B. Bhaskaran, said, with regard to the problem of toilets, the college had approached the PWD. As there was no proper reply, the college was spending money to provide better facilities.

He said two years ago, a committee comprising experts from various institutions, was formed to revise the curriculum. The panel recently submitted its report to the Government and it would be implemented soon.

On the complaint that the faculty members were not behaving properly in the classes, the principal said necessary action was taken against the erring staff, whenever it had been brought to his notice.

Students alleged that they had recently started a literary forum to express their feelings in the form of poetry, art and writings. But it was banned by the authorities. Mr. Bhaskaran said he was not against any such forum. But he wanted the students to go about doing it in an organised manner.

The students were asked to form committees which should bring the issues concerning students to the knowledge of the principal.

Students of the College of Arts and Crafts, Egmore, staging a sit-in in the college premises on Monday.

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