Sanskrit College students stage demo
SANSKRIT COLLEGE students demonstrated outside the RNT Marg campus of the University today demanding fulfillment of their subject related demands and submitted a memorandum to Vice chancellor (V-C) CS Chaddha.india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 14:37 IST
SANSKRIT COLLEGE students demonstrated outside the RNT Marg campus of the University today demanding fulfillment of their subject related demands and submitted a memorandum to Vice chancellor (V-C) CS Chaddha.
College student’s body president Pundit Pradeep Joshi alleged that the university was acting in a high-handed manner and had arbitrarily scrapped subjects from their course. It was also alleged that Avdhesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, formerly ran the optional subjects in the college and the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) administration was adopting a step motherly attitude against them.
The memorandum submitted to the V-C stated that DAVV had issued a circular on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for conducting astrology and ‘Vaastu Shastra’ classes in the 2004-05 session. The students then studying in BA-I had opted for these subjects and gave exams, for which the university issued mark sheet.
However, the University recently claimed that those subjects were part of the vocational course on offer and not of the main degree course and thus unrecognised. The students were being pressurised to again appear for last year’s exam at a time when the main examination of the current year was about to begun in a few months time.
University spokesman and Rector Dr Sudhakar Bharti said that the university was firm on its stance of conducting examinations again, as appearing in additional subjects of the vocational course in the main examination was against UGC norms.
Explaining the predicament, he said that as per the UGC grant a student could opt for two other subjects from amongst the career-oriented courses apart from the three core subjects of undergraduate degree course.
The college and university were to work in tandem for issuing degrees. Following guidelines and rules laid down by the UGC the college was entrusted the responsibility of teaching, holding exams, compiling results and sending them to the university for compilation of mark sheets.
The additional subjects were not in lieu of other subjects, but were considered as fourth subject in their basic graduation degree.
The university had, therefore, removed the two papers, as after completion of three year BA course no one would recognise their degrees in the present format.
The university thus considered such an undergraduate degree incomplete and maintained that the students, for their own benefit, opt for regular subjects. The students would be allowed to sit for their second year BA exam and giving consideration to their plight they would be given time for choosing subjects and appearing again for first year exam that would be held after May 15.