Poll code delays BC students’ hostel admission

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Mandya, Basavaraj Havaldar, Aug 12:With the poll code of conduct in place, more than 3,000 students belonging to backward communities are awaiting admission to post-metric hostels across the district.

Classes for Pre-University courses have begun last month itself and rural students, studying in taluk and district headquarters, have no option but spend on bus fare to attend college. Some students from financially backward families are not attending classes and only hope for hostel admissions soon.

There are 24 backward community hostels in Mandya district and they provide accommodation in the range of 100 to 200 students.

But, due to the election code of conduct, it is not possible to begin the admission process, said Lakshman Nayak of the department of Backward Communities.


Committees have been formed to select students for hostels, with local MLAs as presidents. The process has been postponed as any action by MLAs would mean violation of poll code.

As the delay is causing inconvenience to students, the Election Commission has been urged to permit release of the admission list.

Though MLAs are presidents of the committees, a set of norms have to be followed for selection of candidates. The admission is based on the marks obtained by the candidates, distance from their village and family details, he said.

Ajai from Keregodu said, he has applied for a hostel and was awaiting the selection list. Each student has to spend Rs 1,000 on concessional bus pass and most of the students cannot afford it, he said.

CITU leader C Kumari said, the delay in admission process has affected poor students.
As a couple of months have passed since classes began for PUC, the list of candidates should be announced soon, she stressed.

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