Too much focus on academics to the exclusion of extra curricular activities is not the way to win over students. Authorities at Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology learnt that the hard way.
Classes were disrupted at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, where students went on strike from Monday. On day two of the strike, students said authorities failed to offer them hope of resolution of contentious issues. The students stated that the administration did not organize cultural events. Besides, they did not even let them participate in events outside campus. A total of 70 students paid Rs 1,200 for train tickets and Rs 400 as participation fee for an event at IIT Kharagpur, but were denied permission for the fest.
Students said they often asked senior UT officials to visit the college and hear them out but their requests were not heeded. They said lack of focus on extra curricular activities was affecting their placements.
An SHO tried to placate students but in vain. The college principal declined to comment on camera. But later gave a verbal reassurance that the students’ demands would be met.
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