Madikeri: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) activists on Thursday staged a protest at the General K.S. Thimayya Circle here to vent ire against the “irrational fee hike” by the universities in the State pertaining to degree and post-graduate courses.
The activists, who gathered at the spot after 9 a.m., submitted a memorandum to Ganesh Karnik, MLC, who arrived here. Mr. Karnik told them that he would hold discussions with the vice-chancellors of the universities on cutting down the fee structure and redress grievances.
The activists then marched to the Fort and handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda. The rise in the fee structure would affect the prospects of the poor, yet talented students in the degree and post-graduate programmes, they said.
Universities were supposed to follow the principles of social justice. Several memorandums submitted to the university authorities in the past to correct these anomalies had gone in vain, the activists rued.
The members alleged that the universities were turning out to be centres for “collecting money” by raising fees unscientifically. The district convenor of the ABVP, Sunil Kumar, and the Madikeri city unit secretary, Jayaprakash, led the protesters. Earlier, vehicular movement came to a grinding halt at the Major Muthanna Circle and the General K.S. Thimayya Circle owing to the protest.
Bandh in Shimoga
Shimoga Special Correspondent reports:
The bandh call at the Kuvempu University given by the ABVP went off peacefully on the Jnana Sahyadri campus about 30 km from here on Thursday.
The ABVP had called for the bandh urging for withdrawal of self-financing scheme and to press for a probe into the alleged corruption in the university. All the departments were closed for a day in the wake the bandh. ABVP activists asked students to boycott classes in some departments after convincing the students of the need for the bandh.
The activists asked the university in-charge registrar to cancel the self-financing scheme and opposed the process of admitting 70 per cent of students through payment quota. On the alleged corruption, the activists pleaded for an inquiry.