Medicos end strike as college gives in to most demands

The stalemate between the strikingstudents and management of Sri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute has ended in a truce , with the authorities agreeing to most of the demands of students. The students had been on strike since January 29, three days after the alleged suicide of a student , Jebith Godberg , who had drowned in the sea off Mamallapuram. 

On Monday afternoon , college chairman M K Rajagopalan met the student representatives and promised immediate redressal of their grievances . He announced that classes would resume from Thursday . 

A student , Navin *, said the management had agreed to re-evaluate papers , provide lockers for day scholars , provide transport facilities and remove exorbitant fines , some as high as 90,000, for various issues. "Further , instead of strip-searching students to check for mobile phones , the management plans to install jammers near classes . The college has also promised to set up a canteen in May ," he said . T R Gopalan , the dean , said a state-of-the-art home theatre system had been installed for the benefit of the students . "We agreed to form a student council as a medium for grievance redressal ," he added . 

Shalini *, a third year student , said a few male employees who used to enter girls ' hostels unannounced at odd hours had been detached from student affairs . With regard to the death of Jebith Godberg , who the students alleged had committed suicide after being repeatedly failed by the college , the dean said "we called his parents for a meeting but they have not yet visited us for a clarification." 

Jebith's brother Jebin , however , denied any communication from the management and alleged that a staff member had bragged that he was the one who had repeatedly failed Jebith despite the student securing the requisite marks . 

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