Following the mass flight of northeast students back to their home States, the Karnataka government has instructed private college managements to conduct special classes, internal exams and postpone semester examinations, if necessary, to ensure continuation of their education.

Minister for Higher Education C.T. Ravi told presspersons here on Friday that private college managements had been told to provide accommodation in hostels to students residing outside the campuses. The department would also set up a helpline to address their grievances and college managements had been told to contact their families to reassure them.

Mr. Ravi held a meeting with representatives of private college managements, officials of the departments of Higher Education, Technical Education and Home, and Sikkim Government Human Resource Department Secretary C.S. Rao on Thursday evening and discussed the safety of some 2,000 students in 34 colleges here. The Minister said he expected the students to return in 15 days.

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