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Caning issue: HRD panel to visit Kolkata's La Martinere School

PTI  Kolkata, June 19, 2010
First Published: 20:59 IST(19/6/2010) | Last Updated: 21:23 IST(19/6/2010)

A two-member committee appointed by the HRD ministry will visit La Martiniere School for Boys next week on a fact-finding mission following the controversy over the caning of a student by the principal, an act which is being blamed for 13-year-old Rouvanjit Rawla's suicide.

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"(HRD Minister) Kapil Sibal has asked me to submit a report about the matter. I will visit La Martinere next week. Another person will accompany me on my visit," Ramesh Bhattacharjee, who is heading the panel, told reporters.

Bhattacharjee, a member of the ministry's Department of Secondary and Higher Education, said the commission will talk to the school authorities and also Rouvanjit Rawla's parents and try to find out what led the class VIII student to end his life.

"We will also try to find out whether the school authorities are complying with the various norms set by the HRD ministry for governance of minority-run institutions," he said.

Bhattacharjee, under whose jurisdiction schools in the eastern and northeastern states falls, said that taking advantage of the West Bengal's government decision to do away with English at the primary level in state-run schools, a large number of reputed Christian schools were fleecing guardians of huge sums of money through various fees and charges.

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