Degree college students in Mangalore and other places in Dakshina Kananda boycotted classes on August 20 seeking the Mangalore University to revoke the restrictions on the carry-over system. At present, the university'scarry-over system bars the students from appearing for the fifth semester examination without clearing all the papers of the first semester. They cannot appear for sixth semester examination without clearing all the papers of first and second semesters. The protesters, led by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, demanded that students should be allowed to take the fifth and sixth semester examinations unconditionally.
However, students of the Mangalore-based St. Agnes Degree College, a women'scollege, attended the classes. Students of St. Aloysius College, Canara College, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, Besant Women'sCollege, University College, Gokarnanatheswara College, S.D.M. College of Law, S.D.M. College of Business Management, Government First Grade College, Mangalore, Govindadasa College, Surathkal boycotted the classes in response to the call by the ABVP.
They staged a protest at Ambedkar Circle for about 45 minutes. Harish Poonja, member, national executive of ABVP, alleged that the university was dilly-dallying on the issue. Various student organisations had staged protests in the beginning of this year urging the university to lift the restrictions from the carry-over system. But the university had not taken any decision to this effect, he said and added that ABVP would intensify the agitation if their demand was not met by the university. He said the students in most of the colleges in Sullia, Puttur, Belthangady, Ujire, Mulky and Udupi boycotted the classes.