Students alleged that the Director of the institute, Chinnam Reddy, was ‘bending rules according to his will’, which was putting the students under great stress.
NITHM is affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad.
“The JNTU exam pattern is not being followed. The academic calendar issued by JNTU and NITHM is not being followed. The internal examination pattern has been changed thrice as per the director’s choice and was announced only a week before the actual examination,” students said in a collective message to the media.
“There has also been manipulation in the marks scored by the students which has been confirmed by the former faculty of the college. The faculty and the students are not given any right to speak and are being suppressed. The students approaching the director related to the above issues are being threatened with being detained from the college. They are also being threatened that their admission will be cancelled (sic),” the message added.
The students also accused the director of harassing the students by citing ‘political influence’.
“The students are also threatened of being subjected to police cases if we continue. The students are still willing to protest and boycott further classes at the college campus. Students strongly believe that their funds and fees are being misused and want to file an RTI. Despite this, he hasn’t even bothered to address the issue and states that his position can’t be taken away from him (sic),” the students said.
Speaking to TNM, a student on the condition of anonymity said, “We have been protesting for three days now and have even sent mails to JNTU. We are yet to receive a response.”
Meanwhile, the students are set to meet officials of the state’s Tourism Department, including Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham who is also the Chairman of the institute, on Friday to try and break the deadlock.
“Our main demand is that the Director must be sacked, as he is running things as per his will and without fear,” the student told TNM.
TNM has reached out to the management of the institute for a statement and this story will be updated as and when they respond.