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Students in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi boycott classes

MANGALORE, AUG. 21. Students of degree colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district boycotted classes on Saturday demanding that the State Government dismiss the Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, B. Hanumaiah, for his alleged involvement in irregularities reported in the university.

They also urged the Government to order an inquiry into the alleged irregularities.

The students gathered in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here and staged a protest.

They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Arvind Shrivastav, listing their demands.

Leaders of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP), the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the Students' Federation of India (SFI), the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the Yuva Janata Dal, and the students' wing of the Janata Dal (Secular) led the protest.

Old syllabus

In the memorandum, the leaders of the students' organisations said the university had withdrawn the semester scheme introduced for first year degree course two months after the academic year had begun. But instead of retaining the new syllabus prepared for the semester scheme, it had ordered the colleges to teach the old syllabus, they said.

They termed the move by the Vice-Chancellor "an attempt to take revenge against the students and teachers."

They warned that the students would launch an indefinite agitation if the university did not withdraw its decision.

`Favouritism'

The protesters alleged that the Vice-Chancellor had shown favouritism towards his son by ordering a city-based college in writing to conduct practical examination separately for the latter.

The university had given four grace marks to his son by violating norms, they said.

They demanded that the university pay Rs. 5 lakhs as compensation to the family of Suresh Karkera, a lecturer at SNS College, Sunkadakatte, who died while on examination duty.

White Paper

The Association of Mangalore University College Teachers has supported the demands of the students.

S. Hayavadana Upadhya, president of the association, who addressed the protesters, wanted to know why the university had not introduced the credit-based semester scheme, though the teachers favoured it.

It had introduced the semester scheme in a hurry without taking teachers and students into confidence, he alleged.