Mangalore, July 21: C.T. Ravi, the new Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister had to face protesters during his maiden visit to Mangalore after assuming the new office on Saturday, but the agitators turned out to be his former colleagues, the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
The protesters, who pitched tent outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, of submitted a memorandum to Mr. Ravi, who is also the Higher Education Minister demanding restoration of old admission norms for the third and fifth semester students in polytechnics.
In a memorandum submitted to the Minister, Chinmaya Rai, secetary of the ABVP Mangalore unit decried the change of admission norms for the polytechnics effected without any prior notice.
“The circular bringing in changes to the admission norms was issued only after the results of the examination were announced. According to the new norms students should not have a backlog of four subjects to gain entry to the third or fifth semester. The government should have made students aware of the new norms before they wrote the examination,” Mr. Rai said in the memorandum.
He urged the government to continue the carry over system and provide adequate infrastructure to the polytechnics
“The ABVP has been demanding the Government over the last few years to provide proper infrastructure to the polytechnics. Students do not even have access to laboratory. Some polytechnics do not even have their own buildings and teaching staff. This has left the students in a piquant situation,” Mr. Rai said.
Responding to the memorandum, Mr. Ravi said he would look into the issue and try to solve it as soon as possible.