July 15, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Examinations will be held as scheduled

Hijab row: Closure extended till Feb 16 for varsities and colleges

Bengaluru, Feb. 11: Since the issue of Hijab remains unsolved, the closure of universities belonging to the department of higher education and colleges under the Department of Collegiate and Technical Education (DCTE) has been extended till February 16.
However, the examinations scheduled will be held as scheduled and it has been directed to conduct online classes, Dr. C. N, Ashwatha Narayana, Minister for Higher education said on Friday.

Earlier, DCTE had declared the closure of institutions from Feb. 9 to 11. Now as a precautionary measure it has been extended. This closure is applicable for government, aided, unaided degree colleges, diploma, and engineering colleges, Minister stated.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a video conference with DCs, SPs and senior officials of the Education department on maintaining peace and order in the state.

As a precautionary measure, he directed police to take precautionary measure and
to prevent any untoward incidents as the High Schools are reopening on Monday.

SP and DC should visit the prominent schools in sensitive areas and should ensure no untoward incidents happen in sensitive areas, Mr. Bommai added.

Some highlights of the meeting:

  • DCs, SPs and DDPI should be in constant touch with the Principal, Teachers, Parents and School Management Board.
  • Be in constant contact with people’s representatives, prominent personalities and seniors of the district.
  • Action should be taken against miscreants. Peace meetings should be held and the High Court order should be complied with.
  • DCs and SPs should visit the schools in their district and take stock of the situation.
  • Should not bow to any pressure. Even minor incidents should be treated seriously.
  • Law and Order should be enforced as top priority. 
  • Peace meetings should be conducted in sensitive areas.
  • Suitable measures should be taken to prevent external provocations. Maintain vigil by sharing the areas.
  • Local officials should take political parties and religious leaders into confidence.
  • Vigil should be maintained against spreading rumours and inciting messages through social media.
  • Hold meetings with heads of various organisations and institutions.
  • Situation should be kept under control by taking the Principals, Teachers, Parents and Students into confidence.
  • Everyone should obey the High Court order. Strict vigil should be maintained to ensure that not even a single untoward incident happens.
  • Antisocial elements should be identified and they should be under watch. 
  • Timely action according to the situation should be taken without waiting for orders from the higher ups.
  • Ground realities in the district should be explained to the media. Care should be taken against sending a wrong message.

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, Education Minister BC Nagesh, Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan and senior officials were present.

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