Mangaluru: A decision by department of pre-university education to advance the start of the academic year 2018-19 from May 2 for II PU and May 14 for I PU, has caused consternation among academic circles. Flagging this issue, Ganesh Karnik, chief whip of the opposition in the legislative council demanded that the department rescind this order, which he termed illogical, and one that did no justice to students and teachers alike.
In a statement released , MLC Karnik, who represents the teachers’ constituency in the council, said he is bewildered after seeing the dates for the start of the academic year for both I PUand II PU.
“The department has also not factored in the assembly elections for which services of teachers will be availed. The harsh realities of summer too has not been factored in this decision,” Karnik said, demanding that the department withdraw the order forthwith, and reissue a fresh time-table.
However, defending the academic time-table, C Shika, director, department of PU education, said in view of assembly elections this year, I PU and II PU exams were held early. While I PU exams were over on February 21, students would have availed vacation of 69 days when their classes begin on May 2. The II PU exams got over on March 17 and summer vacation was declared from March 18 to May 1, and the lecturers in the process will get vacation of 45 days.
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