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‘Fake’ Valentine’s Day notice goes viral, college files plaint

Normally, notices from college management give students the jitters. But this notice, claimed to be issued by the principal of an engineering college in the city, has not only stumped students but also gone viral on social networking platforms.

The photograph of the notice — claimed to be issued by the principal of the R.V. College of Engineering — which states that it is mandatory for girl students to have at least one boyfriend by February 14, has been circulated widely.

“This has been done for security purposes. Single girls will not be allowed to enter the college premises,” the notice states. Girl students have to show a recent picture with their boyfriend, it states, and signs off with “Spread Love”.

“Valentine’s Day in colleges is a big deal. Someone must have done this for fun. As soon as we read this, we knew it was a prank,” a first-year student said.

K.N. Subramanya, college principal, who received the message earlier this week, decided to inform the police about the prank.

“Moreover, it is not my signature. So we have lodged a police complaint and sent an e-mail to the Police Commissioner to look into our complaint as well,” he said. The college is now trying to find out the source of this message, although they acknowledged that it would be difficult.

Mr. Subramanya said the college had also appealed to students to use social media for other “positive” activities and not engage in matters that malign the image of the institution. Deputy Commissioner (West) M.N. Anucheth said they had received a petition from the college and would inquire.

Last month, a similar fake notice, claimed to be issued by Manipal Institute of Technology, asking students not to masturbate in the shower was circulated on social networking platforms.

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