Higher Educational Institutes to Remain Closed Until Feb 16

Story Highlights
  • State govt announced extension of holidays from 14th -16th Feb.
  • The HC passed interim order directing students to refrain from putting on religious attire to schools and colleges.
  • PIL filed in SC seeking uniform dress code for all employees of Educational Institutions.

Karnataka: Holiday announced to universities belonging to the department of Higher Education and colleges under the Department of Collegiate and Technical Education (DCTE), in the wake of the Hijab row, has been extended till February 16.

Earlier in the day, both Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh and Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had indicated that a decision regarding reopening Pre-University and Degree (higher education) Colleges will be taken on February 14. Noting that in view of the Hijab row, DCTE had declared the closure of institutions from February 9 to February 11, Narayan said, now as a precautionary measure it has been extended.This closure is applicable for government, aided, unaided degree colleges, diploma, and engineering colleges, he added.

Meanwhile, a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking a direction to the Centre, states and union territories to implement a common dress code for staffers and students in registered educational institutions for securing equality and promoting fraternity and national integration.

On Friday, other cases pertaining to the ‘hijab’ controversy were mentioned for urgent hearing before the top court, which took note of the pendency before the three-judge bench in the Karnataka High Court, and said it would protect the Constitutional rights of every citizen and take up cases at an “appropriate time.

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