18 lakh students will be involved in the campaign: Limbavali
State-level committee formed to ensure implementation of the movement
Intelligence reports are said to have revealed some students’ links with terror groups
MANGALORE: Minister for Higher Education Arvind Limbavali said here on Saturday that the Government will launch a State-wide campaign from January 12 to create awareness among people, especially college students, not to support terrorism and become its victims.
Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Limbavali said that Ravishankar, founder of the Art of Living, Bangalore, would inaugurate the campaign at the Nehru Maidan here on January 12, which is Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. This would be preceded by a rally by students of degree colleges affiliated to Mangalore University, he said. The campaign would conclude in Bangalore on February 18. The Government had constituted a State-level committee, headed by himself and some senior officials, to ensure that the campaign was taken up at block, taluk, district and divisional levels, and college students were made to involve in it.
Vice-chancellors, Deputy Commissioners, and Superintendents of Police would be monitoring the divisional-level campaign. The campaign was being launched in Mangalore because some of the recent happenings here were indicative of the city in particular, and the coastal region in general, getting involved in terrorist activities. The campaign would be spread to other universities in the State in the next month, he said.
The Minister said that common people had in many cases helped police in identifying terrorists or those having links with terror groups. The arrest of a terror-suspect in Hampi sometime ago was because of a tip provided by a police informer.
The Government had targeted to cover 18 lakh students in the month-long campaign. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would participate in the campaign in Belgaum on January 23, the birth anniversary of Subhaschandra Bose. Earlier, addressing principals of degree colleges at the University College here, the Minister said that some specific intelligence reports of students’ involvement in terror activities had been received. Stating that details of the report could not be shared with them, he said the principals should support the campaign.
Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University K.M. Kaveriappa, Commissioner of Collegiate Education N. Nagambika Devi, and Director of Collegiate Education P. Kodandaramaiah, were present at the principals’ meeting. .
The Minister also held discussions with various officials about organising the January 12 campaign. Mayor Ganesh Hosabettu, Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation Sameer Shukla, and Headquarters Assistant to Deputy Commissioner S.A. Prabhakar Sharma were with the Minister during these discussions.