Chennai: Following the recent death of two
students of a city college during an educational tour, the
Madras High Court has ordered rescheduling of the third
semester exam of Master of Social Welfare of the college,
scheduled for saturday, to the first week of December.
Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar gave the direction to the
University of Madras on a petition filed by a second year MSW
student claiming that the students of the college were yet to
recover from the trauma of the mishap.
Counsel for university informed the court that the
university was willing to reschedule the exam for Mar
Gregarious College of Arts and Science, here, during December
first week. The judge disposed of the petition filed by M
The petitioner submitted that 42 students of the college
and two faculty members had gone to Nepal on the educational
tour, which was part of the field work curriculum.
On October 22, while the students were on a sight-seeing
trip, the driver of the bus, on its way from Kathmandu to
Pokhara stopped the vehicle at Psiling village and the team
alighted. Over 10 of them started to walk over a `suspension`
bridge, which suddenly gave way killing two students and
injuring 10, including a faculty member.
The students were undergoing post traumatic stress
disorder treatment by Schizophrenia Research Foundation and
were not in a position to write the exam.
They had made a representation on October 27 for
rescheduling the exam to the college principal, who in turn
suggested to the University to consider the request as the
students were unable to concentrate on the exam.