Pre-university and degree colleges in Karnataka will reopen from February 16

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Bengaluru: After nearly a week-long enforced vacation in the hijab row, the Karnataka government has decided to reopen pre-university and university colleges in the state from Wednesday, February 16, ANI news agency said quoting the State Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education, BC Nages.Read also – Hijab should be kept outside educational institutions: Karnataka Govt To HC

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Earlier in the day, high schools in Karnataka also reopened amid restraining orders in Udupi, which has witnessed violence and tension in the past week, and hotspots in Dakshina Kannada and Bengaluru. Article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was imposed in the sensitive areas of the said neighborhoods. Also Read – Karnataka Hijab Row: Dakshina Kannada District Extends Ban Around Schools And Colleges Till Feb 26

In Udupi district, all schools that have reopened have seen normal attendance, Ministry of Education sources said. Muslim female students who reached school campuses wearing hijabs and removed them before entering class.

The district administration imposed Section 144 of the CrPC within a 200-meter radius of all high schools in the district from Monday to February 19 to maintain peace.

Udupi Tahsildar Pradeep Kurudekar, who visited a few schools, said Muslim students were complying with the High Court’s interim order by removing the hijab before entering class. There have been no reports of Hindu students wearing saffron shawls.

Police officers have been posted in Udupi town and near schools to maintain public order and avoid any untoward incident.

The government said on Friday that vacancies announced for universities belonging to the Department of Higher Education and colleges under the Department of Collegiate and Technical Education (DCTE), following the raging dispute over the hijab, have been extended until February 16.

The Karnataka High Court, in its Interim Order pending consideration of all hijab line related petitions, has previously requested the state government to reopen educational institutions and banned all students from wear saffron shawls, scarves, hijab and any religious flags in the classroom. .

How did the hijab controversy start in Karnataka?

On January 1, 2022, six female college students from Udupi attended a press conference organized by Campus Front of India (CFI) in the coastal city to protest against college authorities for denying them entry to class while wearing the hijab.

This was four days after asking the principal for permission to wear the hijab in classes which were not permitted. Until then, students wore hijabs on campus and entered the classroom after removing headscarves, college principal Rudre Gowda said.

“The institution had no rules on wearing the hijab as such and since no one had used to wear it in class for the past 35 years. The students who came with the request had the support outside forces,” Gowda said.

(With agency contributions)

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