THE LONG-STANDING demand of B Ed college students facing axe of de-affiliation and the five-day long hunger strike by National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists ended on assurance of meeting their demands given by Higher Education Minister Tukoji Rao Puar and conveyed on his behalf by Joint Director Higher Education (Indore-Ujjain divisions) Dr N K Dad on Wednesday.
Puar earlier in the day spoke to the NSUI activists and later to the concerned authorities assuring action against guilty colleges and adopting of a sympathetic stance towards the suffering students.
He said that the errant college will be blacklisted, the students would be adjusted in other colleges for appearing in examination and higher fees if extracted from them will be refunded.
Dr Dad said that all demands made by the B Ed students and NSUI activists after perusal have been found to be legitimate and would be fulfilled by the State Government soon.
The three errant colleges - Maharshi College, Central India Institute and Vivekanand (Sendhwa) - have committed fraud by keeping students in the dark regarding non-fulfillment of affiliation norms.
These colleges do not have recognition from National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Higher Education Department despite which they gave admission to students and in many cases have overcharged them.
Without giving any specific time period for filing charge sheet, he said the colleges are clearly at fault for endangering the future of several students and a case under Section 420 of the IPC can be filed against them.
He remained unspecific on how and when students from these colleges would be accommodated for examination. The department is still looking for directives from Bhopal in this regard; nevertheless, assurance has been given that the students will not be allowed to suffer.
He remained mum on the demand of disciplinary action against the acknowledgment committee of the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV).
Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal, who also arrived on the spot and offered juice to the NSUI activists sitting on hunger strike, said that the university was in favour of the students and the State Government would not let them suffer injustice.
He assured of quick action and their adjustment in other colleges for appearing in exams as and when clear-cut instructions were received in this regard from the Higher Education Department. He added that using discretionary powers vested in him he will pardon the late fee and forms will be accepted on normal fee.
NSUI State spokesman Jeetu Sharma said that the hunger strike by NSUI City president Abhinandan alias Tantu Sharma and City spokesman Amit K Chaurasiya stretching over five days had had the desired effect on the concerned authorities. Tantu had immediately gone on strike in favour of the students, as the last date for filing examination forms was already past and time period for depositing form with late fee was also half past.
Tantu said that the strike had been called off as all their demands have been accepted and portrayed it as a victory for the organisation. The hunger strike was ended in the presence of City Congress president Pramod Tandon and former ministers Sajjan Verma and Tulsi Silawat apart from several other Congress leaders.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), not to be left behind, had joined in the protest by submitting a memorandum in the form of a delegation to district Collector Vivek Aggarwal. City secretary Kamlesh Vaishnav said that the major demands included adjusting the students in other colleges for appearing in exams, refund of fees and action against the errant colleges as also protesting increasing instances of commercialisation of education.