KTU should be led by someone more responsible

KTU should be led by someone more responsible

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Students of KTU started this petition to Government of Kerala and

TL;DR

KTU is one of the largest Universities in Kerala. Conducting offline exams during a worldwide pandemic hinders the recovery of the entire nation from the pandemic. It is a highly irresponsible move from the University's side. The University is also known to take actions that cause discomfort to its students. Hence, we want

1. A fresh Board of Governers that genuinely cares about the students

2. Inclusion of a larger student body in the University and

3. More transparency in the working of the University

As a University housing students of immense skill, positive changes like this ought to raise the University to newer heights and will help it to reach international standards in no time

The term University is coined from the Latin word Universitas. Universitas refers to "a number of persons associated into one body".

As an educational institution, the major population of a University is undoubtedly its students. So it is outright unacceptable when one of the major universities of a state claiming to be at the forefront of literacy of a country housing more than a billion people behave in such an irresponsible manner during a worldwide pandemic. The recent decisions taken up by KTU show that it holds students' safety very trivially and embarrasses itself as a technological university.


The changes we want:

1. The University should be governed by a board of responsible individuals

Responsibility is not about finishing your job on time or holding regular meetings. Responsibility is essentially the ability to respond. An entity that serves as the apex authority of more than 200,000 students should at the least be led by individuals who can respond to the outside world. Holding exams in an offline manner during a pandemic situation is being highly irresponsible and endangers the lives of the students, the sphere of individuals associated with them, and the teachers and college staff.

It should be led by people who actually care about the welfare of the students and takes action supporting the grievances and needs of the students.

The University should also be detached from the State Government and should work towards the interest of the students at all times.

2. Presence of a larger student body diverse with student representatives from as many colleges under the University

A student body whose voice has equal power to the chair members of the university should be present in the university and they should have a say on the actions taken up by the university on matters involving the students. The student body should ideally consist of representatives from all the colleges under the university. The COVID-19 outbreak has shown that it is, in fact, viable to hold large scale virtual meetings, so incorporating students and their opinions on matters like this in a democratic way would not be a herculean task.

3. More transparency in the working of the University

The decisions made by the University ultimately affect the students. Thus as a public entity, the University should bring more transparency into its meetings and decisions, providing live sessions and transcripts of the meeting that lets the public know what made the University arrive at its decision regarding a particular subject.

4. A better website

One of the biggest challenges students under KTU face is navigating the website of the university. The website is structured weirdly, making it really hard to use and navigate for the students. A better website could be constructed by professionals that makes accessing it easier for the students. The website also needs to be backed up by better servers as the website constantly faces issues and bugs during high traffic times.

If it is not possible to take action positively for at least the first three of these four requests, we the students request to remove the inclusion of Abdul Kalam Ji's name from the university's name. Having such an eminent person who genuinely cared for the welfare of students as the name of a University that doesn't even care for the health of its students is outright disrespectful to Kalam Ji and his visions for India. 


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