Mangalore, July 10: Students of University College, a constituent of Mangalore University, boycotted classes on Monday as they wanted the college authorities to rectify rainwater leakage in classrooms and take steps to prevent water stagnation at the entrance of the college.
Students demanded a cleaner premises. They asked authorities to fix bolts inside doors of all toilets used by women. The Registrar (administration) of Mangalore University K. Chinnappa Gowda told The Hindu that four students had boycotted classes on June 28. They had not issued any letter (regarding boycotting classes) to the Principal as required by the rules of the college.
The disciplinary committee of the college which met following this incident slapped a penalty of Rs. 500 on each of the four students. In addition, each of them were asked to deposit Rs. 3,000 as caution deposit which was refundable. They were asked to bring their parents. The four students had agreed to this. These students, however, again boycotted classes with a few more joining them on Monday stating that they would not pay the caution deposit. The disciplinary committee which met again agreed to waive the caution deposit but asked them to pay the penalty.
Sources in the college said that some students in the college boycotted the classes as they wanted to project themselves as leaders as election to students’ union for 2012-13 was approaching.