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TN-Srilankan issue: 525 Engg colleges shut down

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Tamil Nadu over Sri Lankan Tamils issue lead the state government's to shut down 525 engineering colleges which are affiliated to Anna University indefinitely, post massive protest held by students across the state.

A 2nd year engineering student came back to his home town and said that, he doesn't have to take his practical exams this week because of the protest held by the students against Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Students in TN take voluntary interest to protest against the violation of Human Rights in Sri Lanka, while some students are fully supporting the cause.

While Chief Minister Jayalalitha and DMK leader are talking the issue in Delhi with the officials of Central Government. The TN Film industry has also united for the cause in a one-day fast.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Students across many colleges staged protest outside their campus, to send a message that they're concerned about the human rights violation. "We had about 600-700 students outside the college, with banners and placards," said Kaushik P, whose college is on OMR, "Even those who were inside the classes joined them," he added.

525 TN Colleges shut down: Tamils Issue

Some students are outraged by the recent decision to shut colleges, stating that it is a reaction to their recently held non-violent protests. "The college management do not want to see hordes of protesters near their premises because it'll tarnish the college's image," says a science student.

"The principals of the colleges are in charge of ensuring that students vacate the campuses at the earliest." The scene in most colleges is similar where students are vacating hostels and heading to either their hometowns or other places in the city as they were instructed, "In our colleges, girls have been given an extension of a days time to leave," says Kaushik.

Now that colleges are closed, students wishing to protest are looking at social networking websites to connect and get together.

Venkatesh Aditya, who is interested to participate in protest, said, "By closing down colleges, students actually get more time to protest, Social networking sites are playing a huge role in connecting students from across the departments and colleges in the state. We get regular updates about protest happening and can join them, if any interested,"

Though colleges have been closed down, now its problem for the lectures and faculty members of these colleges. While some colleges have announced that they will reopen on Friday, but everything hings on the governments decision to reopen.

Many arts and science colleges have not joined the protest because their management doesn't want to get involved in this issue.

As of now, most of the students along with K-Town and the political members in Tamil Nadu stand united against the violation of Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

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