Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Presidency College hits headlines for wrong reasons.

If you had ever wondered that the incident in Nov 2008 at Madras Law College in full public glare was ghastly – they are not isolated.  A few days earlier students of Nandanam Arts College in the city of Chennai clashed and there were reports of knife-stabbing. 

In earlier days people migrated from villages to cities and Education was one of the reasons.  The city of Madras had some great institutions known for imparting quality education and one amongst them is the Presidency College that stands majestically in the Beach Road (Kamarajar Salai now).  Presidency College is an Arts, law and science college in Chennai.   Established as the Madras Preparatory School on October 15, 1840 and later, upgraded to a high school and then, graduate college, the Presidency College is one of the oldest government arts colleges in India. It is one of the two Presidency colleges established by the British in India, the other being the Presidency College, Kolkata.  The college’s history states that the school was earlier in Egmore subsequently shifted to Broadway and then to the present location opposite to Marina beach in 1870.

photo courtesy : Times of India - Chennai edition

Groupism in students and fighting amongst themselves is nothing new – but this time, it reportedly is a new phenomenon of ‘Bus route allegiance’.  Presidency College hit the headlines for wrong reasons as  Campus violence raised its ugly head, when a group of students armed with sickles,sticks,stones and tubelights barged into the Presidency College on Kamaraj Salai and beat up two fellow students. A rivalry among students travelling on different bus routes to and from the college is suspected to be behind the incident.  It is reported that in the noon a group entered the collge wielding deadly weapons, searched, chased and attacked two students.  Some were badly injured and couple of them were stabbed.

Police was deployed in large numbers to control the situation.  There appeared complete mayhem and lawlessness for a few hours.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.


  1. so college itself welcoming this activity

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  2. most unbecoming - shame to call themselves students

  3. i am the one of old student of this college. i could understand what behind this violence among the student..

    students are isolated by different group by their bus route example the student who are all come from 12G kodambakam . . there are join together as a group ..like this . each bus route has each group of people . . they fighting other group people to prove their power in the college..... .

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