Schools, colleges closed, exams postponed

Hundreds of students appearing for exams were also affected by the BJP’s decision to go in for a bundh on Saturday.

Students of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) were affected the most by the bundh, as examinations scheduled for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses were put off. VTU officials told Deccan Herald that the new dates would be announced in a day or two.

Bangalore University did not see much disruption as the university is closed on the third Saturdays of every month in any case. However, examinations to B Ed, BE and correspondence courses, that were scheduled to be held on Saturday, were postponed. University officials said that the new dates would be announced shortly.

Several other colleges also postponed their exams. St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science has announced that internal assessment exams that were to be held on Saturday have been postponed to January 27. Examinations have also been postponed at Mount Carmel College.

Schools across the city also closed down. With the education department officials giving no indication on whether schools would remain open on Saturday, many parents decided to play it safe and let their children stay at home. Karthik V, a parent of two residing at R T Nagar, said, “Since there was no information on whether schools would function or not, we decided to keep our children at home.”

The lack of BMTC buses also meant that several students could not make it, even if they wanted to.

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