Student power wins: Kerala Law Academy principal Lekshmi Nair to be ousted

A new principal with all the requisite qualifications will be appointed in her place, as per the university guidelines.

Student power wins: Kerala Law Academy principal Lekshmi Nair to be ousted



The 29-day-long students' stir at Kerala Law Academy Law College in Thiruvananthapuram came to end on Wednesday following conciliatory talks chaired by Education Minister C Raveendranath with representatives of student organisations and the management.

As per the agreement, P Lekshmi Nair will be removed from the post of principal, based on the decision of the governing council.

A new principal with all the requisite qualifications will be appointed in her place, as per the university guidelines.

In case the management goes back from the decision, the government will intervene, says the minutes of the meeting, as per a report in The Hindu.

Later, the minister said no time period has been specified for the new principal. He said  the management has assured that Lekshmi Nair will not return even as a faculty for the next five years.

"All student organisations have agreed to the terms and they all co-operated with an intention to end the impasse. The classes at the Academy will resume on Monday," the minister said.

The notification for the new principal, which appeared in Wednesday's newspapers, has called for an interview on Feb. 18. Earlier in the day, CPI leaders Kanam Rajendran and VS Sunilkumar had held meetings with the student organisations.


Following discussions with the Education minister, the student organisations, except the SFI which had ended its strike last week, broke out into celebrations, outside the meeting venue at the Secretariat and at the Academy campus.

Congress leader K Muraleedharan and BJP leader VV Rajesh, who had been on a hunger strike in support of the students, broke their fast after this development.