Panel says Pragathi PU college violated norms

A government-appointed committee has found several shortcomings and violation of norms by the management of Pragathi PU College in City where a 17-year old student was shot dead by an office attendant in April. 

The committee on preventing sexual violence against women and children, headed by MLC V S Ugrappa, had visited Pragathi PU College in Kadugodi near Whitefield on Monday where 17-year old Gauthami was shot dead in her hostel room by an office attendant.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Tuesday, Ugrappa said, “There was no proper security measures for the students in the college. The management had not taken due permission from the PU department to run the hostel. Besides, the college management had violated building norms while constructing the college and hostel building.

A commercial complex had been built on part of the land leased for the college.” Ugrappa said that the college management charged excess fees from the students but failed to provide adequate infrastructure. Only a wall separated the girls and boys hostels.

The students were not provided access to television and newspapers, the Congress MLC said.

He said the committee will submit its interim report on the state of affairs at the PU college soon and recommend action be taken against the management.

He wondered how revenue, BBMP and PU departments officials had allowed the violations to take place.

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