Friday, December 28, 2007

Half-Day Declared


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad: The college as well as the whole city came to a standstill today following the demise of Khairtabad MLA (Congress) P Janardhan Reddy.

Activists of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) stormed the college a little after 11:30 AM. This is the second time this month. However, unlike last time, this incident was serious. The activists up-ended benches in JIIT2 and cried SFI Zindabad (long live SFI). The Vice Principal herself looked highly concerned that it could lead to extreme violence. Following the exit of the AIEEE Campus, the IIT Campus was also emptied, and nobody - not even the ISB - was asked to return. Rather, students going by buses were asked to rush.

Local shops were also closed down, and violence has been reported by various agencies in different parts of the cities. Even Engineering colleges in the city's outskirts were on high alert. Locals tell us that PJR died of a heart attack. Furthermore, we have learned that the the state government has declared tomorrow a holiday as a day of mourning. Whether Jr. Colleges will respond to this and the consequences of not doing so will be seen only tomorrow, exclusively on OTFS.

Tribunal Against Mr. Swaminathan
Maths lecturer Mr. Swami faced some difficult times today. He has been accused of beating up a male student in SIIT2 (Sr. ICON, non-ISB) and his parents have demanded that action be taken against him or they would take the matter up with the Directors. The Principal was also present. Sources in JIIT3, which is located right next to the VP's room, told us that a lot of loud shouting could be heard.

Tough Week
The week has been difficult for the management. Already, two holidays have been declared, and the IIT Academy had IIT Unit Test-9 on Monday, due to which this week only had two regular functioning days. If tomorrow is a holiday, it would set a record, and JIIT1 would be two weeks behind their Physics Syllabus!

A Senior from ISB told OTFS that in spite of all of this, the VP is not expected to call for college on Sunday. Monday has an IPE Exam. This followed concerns from the political top-brass of JIIT1 (ISB) on how the VP would react if they went home again for the second time this month. (OTFS)

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