Education Minister C. Raveendranath | Photo Credit: K.K. Najeeb
Education Minister C. Raveendranath on Thursday morning visited the parents of deceased Jishnu Pranoy at their residence at Valayam in Kozhikode district. He promised that the State would take stern action against the culprits after getting the report from the university.
Jishnu, a first year computer science student of Nehru College of Engineering at Pampady ,Thrissur, was found hanging at the hostel a few days back.
Jishnu’s mother told the minister that her son had been a bright student and that he would never resort to copying in the examinations. “There is a mystery surrounding his death. The college management is responsible for this. All should stand united to get justice for him,” she said, while Jishnu’s father said that he had full faith in the government.
Regarding a suicide note recovered by the police, Jishnu’s mother said he couldn’t it as he was “physically and mentally weak to pen such a letter.”
Mr. Raveendranath told journalists that the government viewed the issue “very seriously.” “It was unfortunate that an incident had taken place. The government would take all necessary steps so that such incidents do not occur in future,” he added.
Meanwhile, the government had taken initial steps in this regard. The APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, after a preliminary inquiry, has sought for a further probe and now the Crime Branch is investigating the case. It was also decided to appoint a special committee to examine all issues on a long-term basis. An ombudsman has been appointed for grievance redressal for all colleges affiliated to the university.
The Cabinet had on Wednesday sanctioned Rs. 10 lakh to Jishnu’s family.
Meanwhile, 120 colleges affiliated to the Kerala Self Financing Colleges Management Association remain closed on Thursday in protest against the attack on its office by a group of activists belonging to the Kerala Students Union.