Classes resume in CUSAT after stampede, only 10 out of 1,300 students attend lessons

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Photo: E V Sreekumar/ Manorama

The students of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) are still grappling with the trauma from the tragedy that occurred during the tech-fest of BTech students at the open-air auditorium of the university.

When classes resumed at the School of Engineering on Thursday, only 10 out of the 1,300 students attended. Only one of them sought counselling at the facility arranged inside the college building. The students are struggling to face one another and are also angered by attempts to victimise the Principal, Dr Deepak Kumar Sahu, over the tragedy.

The fifth and seventh-semester BTech classes of the School of Engineering began on Thursday, and it has been announced that the first and third-semester classes will resume on December 4. Teachers have started reaching out to each student to offer direct consolation, either personally or through their guardians. Those students, employees, and parents who are unable to attend counselling in person, may contact counsellors via phone. The service is available every day from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm at the numbers: 9037140611, 7594862553, 9778440326, and from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm at 9846 136125, 9074744351, and 8368 665 997.

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