TechnoparkToday.com>> Break the Curfew, the campaign by girl students of CET (College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram) against gender discrimination inn the campus is getting immense support from the society.
Girl students at CET, one of the premier technical institutes in the state, have to enter the hostel by 6.30 pm. This means that they are unable to make full use of the library, computers and internet, facilities in the physical education department and technical business incubation center.
“Teachers are reluctant to assign good projects to girls as they require more time and research, because they are well aware that we don’t have enough time to use the library. For instance, while assigning MTech theses, boys are usually assigned topics related to biomedical subjects as it demands more time to be spent at hospitals, but girls are given topics related to software. Girls are less preferred in team projects as we can’t go out to buy components or use international journals whenever required. We have to use these facilities during lunch time or between 4-6.30 pm,” a student said.
College authorities saying that the time restriction is due to safety matters. “Over 400 girl students study at the campus spread across 85 acres. We will be blamed if there is any security issue”, college officials said.
The students have opened a Facebook page ‘Break the curfew’ which has already attracted much attention. The campaign #BreakTheCurfew, #ResponsiblyFree is being debated by students across universities.