The college and the hostel have been closed and students have been asked to leave for their homes. On Friday the students abstained from classes and examinations. On Saturday they gagged their mouth with a black cloth and on Sunday they signed a banner, affixing thumb impressions with blood. On Monday, they gave a petition to the Chief Minister through the collector and tonsured their heads as a symbolic protest. Since the situation did not improve and the students continued to abstain from classes, the college authorities ordered the closure of the college. Meanwhile, students who vacated the hostel came to the college entrance and sat in front of the gate with their belongings. With many of the students being from other districts and far off places, authorities were considering granting permission for an overnight stay. Revenue and police authorities held talks with the students which remained inconclusive till late evening.
Nov 25, 2009
Following student unrest since Friday, the Principal of the Forest College, Mettuppalayam, on instructions from Registrar of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, ordered the closure of the college. The students have been demanding reservation in direct recruitment to Range Officer’s post in the Forest Department.