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PU college lacks toilets, classrooms, library

The Hindu, 16 January, 2014


KARJE: Lack of toilets, classrooms and a library has made life difficult for the students at the Government Pre-University College at Karje village, about 30 km from Udupi.


This college, which offers education in Arts and Commerce streams, has 85 students, of whom 47 are girls. The college, started in 2006, was functioning at the Government High School building. The new building for the PU College was constructed in 2011.


The new building has just three rooms, two of which are classrooms while the third room comprises of the staffroom and also the principal’s office.


The principal’s office is separated from the staffroom by a line of cupboards.


Though there are more girls than boys in the college, there are no toilet facilities for either the girls or the boys. There are no toilet facilities for the staff also.


Pavitra Kumar, Political Science lecturer said, “Not having toilets is difficult both for girl students and lady lecturers.” Rakshitha, a first year PUC (Commerce) student said, “Toilets are a basic facility that should be provided.” Jayanthi, a first year PUC (Arts) student said, “Lack of toilets creates more problems during rainy season.”


Nagashri, a first year PUC (Commerce) student said that though the nearby Government High School had a toilet it was not always possible to use it.


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Sudha Bhat, president of Karje Gram Panchayat, said she had asked the zilla panchayat and other departments concerned about providing toilet facilities. “I am sad that there has been no response to all my pleas for a toilet for the college,” she said.


Mr. Shetty said the college had brought the matter to the notice of the Department of Pre-University Education, Deputy Commissioner and elected representatives repeatedly over the last two years.




D.M. Nagaraj, college principal, said that Pramod Madhwaraj, MLA, had sanctioned Rs. 2 lakh for the construction of toilet.


“The engineer visited the spot two weeks ago,” he said.


The students are also sore over the fact that the college lacks a library and classrooms. Nagesh, a first year PUC student said, “We want a library so that we can enrich ourselves by reading various books.”


Due to the lack of classrooms, one class is held in the library of the nearby Government High School.