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21 PU colleges face action *

Sudipto Mondal

*Reservation norms violated, donation collected: report *

Deputy Commissioner formed the committee following complaints from civil
rights groups

PU Board official says some of these 21 colleges might lose accreditation

MANGALORE: Of the 69 accredited private and aided pre-university (PU)
colleges in Mangalore taluk, 21 have been found violating admission norms
prescribed by the PU Board. This is the conclusion of a 13-member committee
constituted by Deputy Commissioner M. Maheshwar Rao to look into the issue.

Deputy Director of PU Education R. Basavarajappa told *The Hindu* that
action would be taken against the colleges and some might even lose
accreditation. He said the report was received by him from the office of the
Deputy Commissioner and it would be forwarded to the PU Board in Bangalore
for further action.

The committee, which was formed after a few civil rights organisations
exposed gross violations by the colleges in the city, first short-listed 28
colleges for its survey.

Of these, only seven were found to be adhering to the rules.

Expert PU College in Kalakunj Road, St. Aloysius PU College on Lighthouse
Hill Road and St. Agnes PU College at Bendoor were the "worst offenders",
according to the report, a copy of which is available with *The Hindu*.

In the case of Expert College, the report says: "The prescribed norms and
procedures for admission have been flouted, not adhered to and violated to
the fullest extent possible."

About St. Aloysius PU College, it says: "Total admission is not transparent
and must be looked into very seriously." St. Agnes PU College has been found
"violating reservation norms, charging extra fees and forcing students to
buy its prospectus".

Expert PU College has been found charging extra fees and collecting donation
from students. The college has conducted its own entrance test for the
applicants, which was a "grave violation".

The college has made it mandatory for its students to enrol for coaching

The college has not followed the calendar of events prescribed by the PU
Board and has failed to provide internal reservation, the report says.

According to the report, St. Aloysius PU College has been running 25
sections while there was permission only for 23 sections. It has illegally
admitted students directly from its high school.

The college has withheld the name and marks secured by the applicants in the
merit list put up on its notice board. It has flouted internal reservation
and other reservation norms for socially and educationally backward
sections. One of the committee members says he spoke to several parents of
the students studying in the college and they told him that they had to pay

St. Agnes PU College has admitted students belonging to socially backward
sections in the general merit category. Parents of students have been made
to pay large sums as donations, the report says.

Narendra Nayak, head of Expert PU College, said: "Ours is a new college and
even colleges that are 100 years old find it tough to follow the rules. We
might have committed some minor mistakes and they will surely not be
repeated in the future."

The principal of St. Agnes College (Sister) Linette denied the findings. "We
have followed all the procedures," she said. The other 18 colleges have been
found guilty of not adhering to the calendar of events.

The calendar of events stipulates all the important dates in the admission
process starting with the publication of the list of available seats to the
date of reopening.

The other 18 colleges are: Srinivasa College, Pandeshwar; Govindas College,
Surathkal; Bharat College, Ullal; Ashrat college, Ullal; P.A. College,
Nadapadavu; Narayanaguru College, Kudroli; Kapitania College, Nagori; Paduva
College, Nanthoor; Kittal College, Gorigudda; B.E.M. College, Rathabeedhi;
Milagres College, Hampanakatta; Ramkrishna PU College, Bunts' Hostel;
Victoria College, Lady Hill; Sharada College, Kodialbail; St. Anne's
College, Pandeshwar; Canara College, Kodialbail; St. Mary's College, Falnir;
and St. Raymond's College, Vamanjoor.

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