A total of seven students were attacked during the fight; four students have been arrested and two have been suspended from the college.
The 177-year-old historically rich Pachaiyappa’s College, situated in Chetpet, Chennai is in the news after its students got involved in a brawl and started attacking each other using sickles in broad daylight near Arumbakkam on Tuesday.
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The fight between two groups of students, who commute from Broadway and Poonamallee areas to the college, happened over who would be the ‘Route Thala’ (Route leader), a title the college students have passed on over the years.
The M.G.R Government Film and Television Institute, which once produced India’s finest actors like Ashok Kumar, PC Sreeram, Nassar, Aabavanan, Suhasini Maniratnam, RV Udhayakumar, RK Selvamani among many others, is in the spotlight after an allegation that the institute had been running without a principal for the last decade leading to abysmal administration.
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While the authorities at the institute deny the allegations and urge the government to tweak the UGC norms, Tamil Nadu Film Directors Union President and former student of the institute, RK Selvamani said the institute should have a dual leadership.
According to UGC norms, a candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree as a minimum qualification to become the principal of the institution besides serving for at least 15 years in teaching/ research in universities, colleges, etc.
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