Research scholar ends hunger strike as varsity accepts all demands, removes Nandakumar from his post


Kottayam: Deepa Mohanan, a PhD student, who was on a hunger strike at the MG university demanding action against Dr Nandakumar Kalarikal has ended her strike on Monday. The decision to end the hunger strike was taken after holding a meeting with University Vice Chancellor Dr Sabu Thomas.

After the discussion, Deepa told the media that Dr Nandakumar Kalarikal had been expelled from the International and Inter-University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IIUCN) and that the university had accepted all her demands. Therefore, she added that there is no need for the strike to go on any further.

Meantime, Deepa will be provided with all facilities required to complete her research on time. It is also decided that Dr EK Radhakrishnan will be her research guide and Dr Sabu Thomas as co-guide. Further, Dr Beena Mathew also has been appointed as a co-guide for her. She has also been assured that all hurdles that hinder her from attaining fellowship will be looked upon.

In addition, Deepa has been assured that the research period will be extended for four years from March 24, 2020, onwards and that the university would not be taking any action in regard to her strike.

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