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Students seek handover of land for college building

Staff Correspondent
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Funds for the project have already been released

for a cause: Activists of the Students' Federation of India staging a dharna in Hassan on Thursday.
for a cause: Activists of the Students' Federation of India staging a dharna in Hassan on Thursday.

Activists of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and students of the Government Independent PU College, took out rally here on Thursday in protest against the delay in handing over land to the Public Works Department for construction of a college building, funds for which have already been released by the Government. They also staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner's office. They urged the Deputy Commissioner to direct the Deputy Director of Pre-University Education to hand over the land immediately.

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Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, SFI leaders M.G. Prithvi and Vasudeva Kalkare said the Government Independent PU College on Salagame Road here started functioning in 2006-07 from a rented premises that lacked basic amenities.

Following an SFI-supported agitation, the Government allotted 33 guntas of land (survey number 394) in Chikkakondugula village, next to the M. Krishna Law College on the outskirts of Hassan. The Government also released Rs. 23.89 lakh for construction of three classrooms.

Mr. Prithvi said the Public Works Chief Engineer wrote to the Assistant Commissioner, Hassan, on December 26, 2009, stating that the Government had released National Bank for Agricultural and Rural and Development funds for the project, and had requested the Deputy Director, PU Education, to hand over the land. Construction would start soon after handover of the land, he said.

Mr. Prithvi alleged that the principal of a private college was obstructing the handing over of land.

Request to Minister

H.S. Prakash, MLA, who visited the protesters, said he had directed the Deputy Director, PU Education, to hand over the land, but there had been no response. He would raise the issue on the floor of the House and request the Minister for Higher Education to initiate disciplinary action against the officer concerned for not handing over land despite a direction from the Government.

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