*Date:04/07/2008* *URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2008/07/04/stories/2008070461690100.htm*
Front Page <http://www.thehindu.com/2008/07/04/01hdline.htm> 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 classes. 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 donation. 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.