Mangaluru, Feb 26, 2017: The hartal called by right-wing outfits in Dakshina Kannada on Feb 25, Saturday, in opposition to the visit of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, might have disrupted private public transport services in the city, most first year pre-university students managed to appear for their respective final exams. While most students were dropped to their respective centres by their parents/gurdians, a few also took JnNURM buses. Students who came in late, were allowed to appear for the examination by the college authorities.
From the 17,315 students from 124 PU colleges in the district, a very minor number of 45, were said to be absent. "Most of the absentees were from in DK, said KR Thimmaiah, deputy director of pre-university department. Officials said that they would decide on holding a re-examination for the absentees after holding a meeting with C Shikha, director of the department of PU education, on Feb 27, Monday.
A science student a womens college at Bendur, reached her examination centre after 10 am. The DPUE had directed the colleges to allow the students to enter the examination hall till 11 am. A resident of a place 40km from the city, Jennifer was dropped to the centre by her father. The exam is scheduled to start at 9.30am. The student takes private bus to college every day. But no buses were plying, and so the delay, it was explained. Students taking exams it is sad to see get no consideration in such disturbed situations.
"Our centre registered no absentees," said Principal of St Agnes PU College. Sharada PU College, in the heart of Mangaluru, too registered 100% attendance for the examination.