Teachers, students stage stir against Mangalore varsity move

Teachers, students stage stir against Mangalore varsity move

Teachers and students of St Aloysius and St Agnes College staging a protest against the circular issued by the Mangalore University, in front of DC’s office in Mangalore on Tuesday. DH photo

The students and teachers took out a procession from Jyoti Circle and culminated outside Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding withdrawal of the unjust circular at the earliest.

Addressing the gathering St Aloysius College Registrar Prof A M Narahari said that the circular will have obvious implication on the students of the two autonomous colleges as the students have different examination schemes.

“It is a great injustice to the students as they are made to suffer for no fault of theirs. Since the last day for admission is fast approaching, the students and parents are agitated. It is our bounden duty as teachers to be with our students in this hour of crisis,” he said and added that whether the students have 70:30 scheme of examination or 50:50, the University has to understand that even these children put in equal amount of hard work like any other students.

Prof Narahari warning the University not to test patience of the students, said that firstly Vice-Chancellor has to understand the meaning of Autonomy and respect it.
He said that in case the circular is not withdrawn, then intense protest will be staged by students within democratic framework.

The protesters forwarded a memorandum to the Governor of Karnataka in which they have mentioned that the Scheme of examination with internal assessment component of 30% marks was approved by the Government of Karnataka in the presence of the Vice Chancellor and other officials.

“It is ironical that the university is admitting the students of other universities with different examination schemes but denying admission to its own students. It is also a fact that there are no such problems in any other university in Karnataka although the statute guiding autonomy is the same. We are constrained to show our disapproval against this negative attitude of the university putting the future of thousands of innocent but brilliant students in to jeopardy,” the memorandum read.
St Agnes College Chemistry Department Head Prof Jayanth said that University needs to understand the meaning of academic freedom.

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