FEELING CHEATED by their college over affiliation and disappointed over the callousness of the concerned government agencies, B Ed students from Maharshi College staged a road block at Rajendra Nagar Square on Thursday morning and threatened mass suicide while they waited on Joint Director Higher Education Dr NK Dad later in the afternoon.
An irate student Yogita Dubey said, “we have tried everything from protests in the college premise resulting in damage to property to sloganeering, agitations, demonstrations but to no avail. Neither has the college administration heard our cries for justice nor have the University, Higher Education department and other government agencies done anything apart from giving assurance. The 70 students pursuing B Ed feeling cheated by all the above have been left with little recourse other than committing suicide”.
Another student Kapil said, “the students are suffering for no fault of theirs. They were admitted by the college on clearance by a government agency and were subsequently denied affiliation by the University on charges of the college not having National Council for Teacher Training (NCTE) accreditation and No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Higher Education department.
The students have complained to all authorities but to no avail.” The university threw the ball in the court of the Higher Education department when the due date for filing exams was gone and the students had been debarred following the college not having been granted affiliation, while the department and its minister delivered only promises that are yet to be fulfilled.
The students have decided to consume poison en-masse if their demands are not met. The students alleged that the college administration had kept them alive on false hopes and they too deserted them on Thursday as principal Shyam Shrivastav has resigned and left, accountant Ajai Prasad has accompanied him and Munish Govind who claimed to be a director from Bhopal were no where to be found today.
After making the students wait for long, Dad washed his hands off saying neither he nor his department is responsible for their admissions, which were done through Board of Secondary Education.
The minister Tukoji Rao Puar had assured the students that their interests would not be ignored and their educational career will not be sacrificed. He accepted that a lack off coordination between the government agencies had led to this fiasco but Maharshi students were not alone and a decision on 12 other colleges facing the same predicament would be taken soon.
He said “the concerned agencies will henceforth act in tandem and the University will be provided with a list of colleges having all required clearances so that a repeat of such an incident does not occur. If the administration of Maharshi College is missing then a case can be filed against them by the students while he would do so only after receiving written order from the department in Bhopal”.
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV) Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal said, “the students interest will not be ignored. The university will pardon late fees and accommodate the students in other colleges for appearing in exams as soon as an order is received in this regard from the Higher Education department”.