Students block road in Bagepalli opposing hike in tuition fee

Increase is rude shock in times of drought says physical education director

Hundreds of students of the National College blocked the road protesting the increase in tuition fee for degree colleges here on Monday.

Movement of vehicles was affected for a while as students blocked the road in front of their college. 

Physical Education Director of the college, C R Prakash, said Bagepalli had been identified as the most backward taluk according to the Dr D M Nanjundappa survey on regional imbalances and the increase in the fee had come as a rude shock for the students in the taluk, already reeling under acute drought.

Transport troubles

Prakash said buses were not plying regulary to the taluk centre from rural areas and hence students were inconvenienced to attend the classes on time. He appealed the authorities concerned to ensure that buses ply on time.

Police sub-inspector J N Anand Kumar who rushed to the spot contacted the KSRTC depot manager over phone and requested him to meet the protesters. Rajashekhar, the depot manager, arrived at the spot and promised to provide regular bus services for students.

Members of Students Federation of India and Dalit Students Federation took part in the protest.

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