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Varsities told not to cancel exams on hartal days

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Hartal Virudha Munnani warns of legal action

The Hartal Virudha Munnani (HVM), a front against hartal, has called on Controllers of Examinations of the universities in the State not to postpone scheduled examinations on hartal days in 2019.

In a press release on Monday, HVM State general secretary K. Chandra Babu said that the front had sent letters to the CoEs informing them that legal action would be taken against them if they postponed examinations on hartal days. As there was a court instruction that examinations should not be postponed on hartal days, any cancellation of examinations was a contempt of court, he said in his letter to the CoEs. The HVM State committee strongly demanded that no examination be postponed in 2019 on hartal days, he said.

Onus on govt.

The letter to the CoEs said the universities need not worry about the inconvenience the students would experience on hartal days. It was the government’s responsibility to arrange facilities for the students to appear for the examination, the letter said. The universities could seek the help of the State government in this regard.

Compensation for loss

The High Court had made it clear that if the examination cannot be conducted despite providing protection, the loss incurred by the university should be levied from the organisations that called for hartal. The HVM also urged the universities to inform all political organisations either in writing or through the media of their firm decision that examinations would not be cancelled on hartal days.

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