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Kodanad estate murder takes dramatic twist: 2 accused meet with accidents

(Palakkad, Apr 29, 2017, DG): The first and second accused in the Kodanad estate bungalow security guard murder case met with separate accidents in Salem and Palakkad.

Kanakaraj, the first accused, has lost life in the accident at Selam. The second accused, Sayan, is admitted in a hospital with serious injuries.

Sayan's wife and daughter died on the spot.

Earlier four Malayalees Satheesh from Puthukkad, Santhosh from Moonumuri, Deepu from Mapranam and Udayan from Malappuram, were arrested in connection with the case.

The gang, including the above mentioned, had committed the robbery after killing the guard Om Bahadur (37) on April 24. Om had died on the spot. Another guard Kishan Bahadur who sustained injuries, gave crucial information to police.

VCs panel to find ways tobetter internal assessment

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb,2,2017:Education Minister C. Ravindranath will constitute a committee of three Vice Chancellors to study and report on how the process of internal assessment can be made fair, transparent and studentfriendly in colleges in the State.

This was decided at a meeting of Vice Chancellors of universities in the State chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Thursday. The meeting was held against the backdrop of the recent student agitations in private and selffinancing colleges.

The numerous complaints that had come up about the system of internal assessment was discussed at the meeting. The need for ensuring multilayered grievance redressal mechanisms in selffinancing professional colleges was stressed.

The meeting resolved that inspections of expert committees that preceded the granting of affiliation to an institution would be held in a stringent manner in keeping with the letter and spirit of various regulations guiding such inspections and the granting of affiliation.

A couple of Vice Chancellors pointed out that affiliation was now mostly based on the infrastructure of the college. They stressed the need for including an academic audit as a parameter for granting affiliation.

One Vice Chancellor pointed out to the Chief Minister that some years ago the government had issued an order that a college which was not able to post a pass percentage of 30 would not be allowed to take in students for the next academic year. Following pressure from selffinancing colleges, this GO was never made operational, the Vice Chancellor said.

The meeting discussed the advisability of constituting a regulatory agency, along the lines of the Admission Supervisory Committee and Fee Regulatory Committee for professional colleges, to oversee all aspects of functioning of arts and science colleges.

The Chief Minister asked the Education Department and universities to stringently monitor the qualifications, quality and pay and service conditions of teachers in selffinancing institutions. It was also decided to ask the Education Department to instruct selffinancing colleges to set up PTAs and to allow student unions to freely function.



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