BENGALURU: The High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to inspect whether all pre-university colleges have the required infrastructure as per Rule 4 of Karnataka Pre-University Education Rules 2006.
It asked the government to take action against colleges which do not have proper infrastructure.
Disposing of a public interest litigation filed by Y Nagaraja and nine others from Davangere, a division bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice S Sujatha set a six-month deadline for the department of pre-university education, director of PU Board and deputy commissioners of districts for the task.
The bench said it is incumbent for the Education Department to check if all the colleges in the state have been registered as per law. If not, the department must take action against the college managements.
The petitioners had filed a PIL against the 22 pre-university colleges run by the Chetana Education Trust in Bengaluru, Davangere, Bagalkot, Belagavi, Chikballapur, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Hubballi, Hassan, Harihar, Kolar, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Tumakuru, alleging that the colleges were recognised though the provisions of Rule 4 were not met. For these colleges, the bench set a three-month deadline.
The petitioners said authorities failed to take action against the management. The management claimed the petitioners had been instigated by rival colleges.