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Protest against donation menace in institutions

DHARNA: Protesters staging a demonstration against colleges collecting donations, in Mysore on Saturday. — PHOTO: M.A. Sriram

DHARNA: Protesters staging a demonstration against colleges collecting donations, in Mysore on Saturday. — PHOTO: M.A. Sriram  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Tempers ran high as a group of people stormed an educational institution here on Saturday and went on a rampage to protest the alleged irregularities in the admission process.

The mob included a few members of the Janata Dal (Secular), who accused the management of Sadvidya Educational Institutions of denying seats to meritorious students and charging hefty donations. More than 30 people staged a dharna and raised slogans against the authorities for not following the roaster system.

They also alleged that a student who has secured 88 per cent marks has been denied a seat in the institution. The group also staged a dharna in front of Marimallappa's College and chanted slogans against the management. Following the commotion, the Mysore Zilla Panchayat President, K.C. Balaram, who is also the head of the anti-donation committee, arrived on the spot and promised to look into the admission process being followed by schools and colleges.

The anti-donation committee constituted by the zilla panchayat met later in the day and decided to ascertain the admission procedure being followed in a few reputed institutions in the city. It was also decided to constitute a subcommittee to visit such institutions and seek details pertaining to the admission process. The Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat, Niranjan, said no action can be taken based on mere allegations of irregularities. Since there are many complaints about the prevalence of donation menace, the subcommittee will inspect these colleges from Monday and check the records. Action will be initiated against institutions found guilty of violating the Government Order on donations or for not following the roaster system.

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