What do students do when crass commercialisation invades technical education? They haplessly twiddle their thumbs, of course. Started three years ago, the Deen Dayal Engineering College in Pudur village, Thiruvallur, an hour’s drive from Chennai, has been charging a ‘breakage charge’ for issuing hall-tickets for examinations. Students who dared to ask for a receipt for the fee of over Rs 1 lakh they had paid in the first year were reportedly beaten up and threatened with police complaints. They had to petition Anna University vice-chancellor E. Balagurusamy "to save them from physical and mental torture".
An inquiry committee—set up by the university—after going through the students’ depositions, concluded the institution didn’t offer "a conducive atmosphere for education" and has recommended its disaffiliation. Besides, the cops have registered cases of intimidation and abuse against chairman T.D. Naidu.