In light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bengaluru and taking part in several events on Monday, several higher education institutions located near his travel route have declared a holiday for security reasons.
Higher Education Minister CNN Ashwath Narayanan said a government order was issued on Saturday. “This will apply to higher education institutions adjacent to IISc, Goraguntepalya, CMTI, Ring Road, Dr Rajkumar Memorial Pass, Laggere Bridge, Nayandahalli, Mysuru Road, RV College, Nagarabavi, Sumanahalli flyover, MEI junction, and Govardhan Talkies, Yashawantapura and Jakur Airport Road”.
A holiday on Monday has also been announced for all students, faculty and non-teaching members of the Bangalore University (BU) Jnanabharathi Campus where Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the Dr. PR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) located on the campus.
The Ministry of Education also announced a one-day holiday for 22 schools located along the roads that the Prime Minister will take. The holiday has been announced for staff and students from all government and private primary and secondary schools supported from Kengeri Upanagara to Kommaghatta and within the wards of Pattanagere, Jnanabharathi and Kumbalagodu. The department also clarified that the leave will be compensated in the coming working days.
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The Bengaluru Traffic Police, in its circular, stated that Prime Minister Modi will be traveling between Kommaghatta and Jnanabharathi between 1pm and 3pm, and traffic restrictions will be imposed for the smooth flow of traffic and VVIP security.
Schools and colleges that have declared a holiday include Carmel Public School, Government Model Primary School Kengeri, Priyadarshini College, Radhakrishna School, Sheshadripuram College, Surana College, Government High School Kengeri, PU Government College, Government Primary Urdu Senior School Kengeri, New St. Anna Kengiri English School, Holy Child English School, Shankaracharya Vidyapitha, Millennium Mother School, Vidyabharathi School, SJR Public School and Sri Bandeshwara Swami School.