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Revving earthmovers send students packing

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They are not sure what's in store for them if and when the college reopens on January 2 They are not sure what's in store for them when the college reopens on January 2



DEMOLITION DRIVE: Earthmovers razing down a building at Dr.MGR Deemed University, Maduravoyal as a policeman watches. — Photo: K. Pichumani

CHENNAI : The few students staying on at the Dr. MGR Deemed University campus in Maduravoyal left for their homes on Thursday as the Tiruvallur District authorities went ahead with the demolition drive.

As the earthmovers razed down portions of the engineering college and the girl's hostel, the few remaining girls packed whatever they could salvage of their belongings and left for their homes or accommodation in the city.

They are not sure what lies in store if and when the college reopens on January 2, as announced by the authorities earlier this month. Their examinations are slated to begin on January 7.

The district authorities took up the demolition stating that the college had encroached upon the Cooum river and prevented free flow of water, leading to large-scale inundation in the western suburbs during the recent rain.

Around 400 inmates of the girls hostel were trapped inside for nearly two days when the flow in the Cooum increased.

The students are sore about the turn of the events. With the semester examinations for all other engineering colleges now in progress, they and those in the regular engineering stream wonder how they will tackle their examinations.

Further their books have been dumped in a hurry following the demolition.

"The college authorities hurriedly transferred all our books to a hall. It is now difficult to identify our books and retrieve them," a student said. Some students have also paid the annual advance of Rs.12,000 for the hostel and do not know if it will be refunded. Though their immediate lecturers and security staff have been helpful, they still have not heard much from the top management — except a notice that the deemed university had declared a holiday till January 2.

The students say that they will get their parents to meet the authorities once the college reopens.

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