CUK to reopen on Monday; exams postponed

Central University of Karnataka (CUK) will reopen on Monday, nearly a fortnight after it shut down. But it has postponed examinations scheduled for December 5 to December 15. 

Announcing this to the media on Friday, M N Sudheendra Rao, vice-chancellor, CUK, said that holidays had been declared from October 24 onwards for the university and hostels as a precautionary measure to avoid panic or undesirable situations, after a BTech student from Bihar died of Hepatitis E. The vice chancellor added that all necessary arrangements had been made to ensure supply of good quality potable water. 

Although the student did not die after drinking the contaminated water, the university did not want to take any chance and therefore declared holidays, he said.

Prof Rao maintained that CUK lost “just seven working days” on account of the unscheduled holidays, and to make up for the loss, examinations had been rescheduled. He lauded the Gulbarga district administration for lending a helping hand to the university in coping with the situation arising out of certain shortfalls in running student hostels, both within the campus and outside. 

Convocation in Dec 

The university’s convocation will be held in December. “We are making efforts to invite the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the visitor of the university. The president’s office has not yet given a date,’’ Prof Rao said. 

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