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Karnataka: College faces closure for forcing students to wear cartons in exam

By Basavaraj Maralihalli HAVERI: After forcing its students to wear cartons as headgear to prevent them from copying during an exam on Wednesday, Bhagat PU College in Haveri is now staring at permanent closure. Haveri deputy commissioner (DC) Krishna Bajpai on Saturday instructed the deputy director for pre-university (DDPU ) to shut down the college by next academic year. Students of the PU college will be moved to other colleges. The college has come under fire for making students wear cardboard boxes on their heads, to block their peripheral vision. After the photos went viral on social media, DC called a meeting with the college management. Not satisfied with college response: DCDC Krishna Bajpai said: “I called a meeting with the DDPU and director of Bhagat PU College, but I am not satisfied with their response. The managing director of Bhagat PU College apologised but did not disclose why they had implemented such an idea or who suggested it. So, I asked for a detailed report.” The DC directed DDPU SC Peerjade to conduct a thorough inquiry and send detailed reports to the PU board and the DC’s office. “I will begin an inquiry. We need to look at accommodating existing students in other colleges. The department will initiate disciplinary action against the college management,” Peerjade said. The DC further said the college lacked proper infrastructure as it is operated out of a rented building.