Staff Reporter

Government to submit report on whether it had acted on suggestion

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday asked the State Government to inspect a college in Bangalore and file a report on whether the authorities, including the Education Department, had acted on its suggestion to hold special classes for students so that they could make up for the lack of attendance and appear for the examination.

The court reminded the Government that it had taken judicial note of attendance shortage of college students in the State and suggested a series of measures to tackle it, so that students having attendance shortage could easily be brought back into the mainstream of education instead of being allowed to waste one year.

Justice Ashok B. Hinchigeri had, last month, passed the landmark order on petitions by several students of Pre-University (PU) courses challenging the refusal by the Education Department and the college in which they studied to issue hall tickets to them to appear for the second year PU examination.

Manjunatha and several other students had petitioned the court after they were refused permission to appear for the examination held on March 17. The court had, during early hearings, passed an interim order permitting the students to appear for the examination. It had reserved judgment on the case.

Though Justice Hinchigeri made it clear that he was not quashing the 2006 rules framed by the Government making it mandatory for students to have 75 per cent attendance if they are to appear for the examination, he had asked the State to take steps to conduct special classes so that the students could cover the attendance shortage and appear for the supplementary examinations.

When the matter came up on Monday, Justice Hinchigeri asked the Government advocate whether a city-based college had conducted special classes. He said he had, in his order, suggested to the State and to the colleges to hold special classes for students who were not allowed to appear for the main PU examination because of shortage of attendance.

He said students who had made up for the shortfall in attendance should be allowed to write the examination. He wanted to know if the classes were held so that 14 students, facing attendance shortage, could be permitted to appear for the second PU examination.

When the Government advocate said he had no knowledge on whether the college had conducted any special class, Justice Hinchigeri directed the Government to look into the issue and file a report. He adjourned further hearing on the case.