Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Classes started on Monday at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS) for the academic year 2006-07. There are more than 100 students, including 35 girls.

Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna told presspersons here on Monday that setting up of the medical college had helped students from rural areas to a great extent.

He refuted reports that the college was facing problems such as

shortage of teaching staff and equipment. Students were being provided all facilities to pursue the first year.

The Government had allocated Rs. 260 crore for construction of building of six medical colleges colleges in the State and there had been no diversion of funds, he said.

To a query on the plan to increase power tariff, he said

that Electricity Supply Companies had appealed to Karnataka

Electricity Regulatory Committee for a tariff hike. A suitable decision would be taken after hearing the versions of the public and the authorities.