Mangaluru: The water crisis has forced some of the Pre-University Colleges in Mangaluru and Udupi to postpone their classes by about a week.
As per the schedule, the PU colleges were supposed to start classes from Monday (May 20). All the government colleges and most of the private colleges have started classes. However some private colleges especially those with hostel facilities have postponed their classes by about a week.
In Udupi, where there is an acute water shortage, the Poorna Prajna PU College administration has decided to reopen classes from June 1 whereas MGM PU College will start classes from May 27.
In MGM, the classes reopened on Monday and the students were given the time table. Later in the afternoon they were asked to come to the classes from May 27. The message has already been conveyed to first PUC students.
"It has been decided to start the classes from May 27. However if the situation worsens, then the college will take a decision on whether the classes need to be postponed further," MGM College sources told Deccan Chronicle.
Poorna Prajna PU College which too has postponed the classes has sent messages to students that the classes will start from June 1 due to the water crisis. Similar is the case in Mangaluru where St Aloysius PU College has decided to postpone the reopening by a week.
"Due to water scarcity the classes did not start today. The situation will be reviewed next week and the college will decide on the dates of reopening," St Aloysius College authorities said.
Though Sharada PU College too has decided to postpone classes, it held classes during the vacation for 2nd PU students. It has now declared a holiday till May 27 for second PU. The first PU classes will start from May 28.
Meanwhile Dakshina Kannada DDPU Kusharavathi said that all government PU Colleges had reopened. "We do not have information about some private colleges not reopening today," she said.
She added that the Deputy Commissioner has already assured to provide all assistance to colleges if they face any water shortage.