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AMU centre in Bihar battles for BEd course recognition, students disillusioned

The fate of students pursuing B Ed and MBA programmes at AMU Kishanganj centre hangs in balance as the two courses are yet to be approved by the respective regulatory bodies.

patna Updated: May 08, 2017 15:07 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Kishanganj
Aligarh Muslim University,AMU Kishanganj centre,B Ed
The Aligarh Muslim University centre at Kishanganj in Bihar was set up in 2013.(File photo)

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) centre at Kishanganj, 362 km north east of Patna, is passing through troubled times with the fate of students pursuing B Ed and MBA programmes hanging in balance.

The two courses at the centre, set up in 2013 amidst controversy over its location, are yet to be approved by the respective regulatory bodies.

Shahina, a first year B.Ed student of programme and Amen Tabbasum, a final year student of the same course, are worried about their future as the course is not yet recognised by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the central body mandated to oversee the standard and quality of teacher education.

“I have cleared an interview for the post of teacher in a government school in Jharkhand. But I might not get the job as our course is not approved by NCTE,” said Tabbasum. “Tell me, why am I being victimised for no fault of mine?” she asked.

Sanjit Kumar, another student, also said he had secured a job in West Bengal, but was worried that he might lose the opportunity due to non-recognition of the course.

Savita Sharma from Haryana, a first year student, also had similar. “We probably took a wrong decision by opting for AMU, Kishanganj,” she said.

There are 78 students in the two-year B Ed course at the centre, with 40 in the first semester and 38 in the third.

In its order rejecting the appeal for recognition to B Ed course, the NCTE had on April 18, 2017 found the AMU centre wanting on two grounds. Firstly, there was no building completion certificate for the education department and secondly, the centre had applied for increased intake of 50 students despite the fact that the course did not have the mandatory recognition since 2013.

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Director of AMU, Kishanganj centre, Rasheed Nehal, said objections NCTE were wrong. “We have already furnished the building plan, mentioning the demarcated land. But till the time the building comes up, we have to run the course from premises allotted by the state government. What can we do?” he asked.

Nehal also trashed the objection that the course could not be recognised on the ground that the centre had applied for increased intake of students. This was being done by other branches at Malappuram in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal, he said.

Even the status of the two-year MBA programme is not clear. AMU officials claimed that they had neither received any objection nor approval from the AICTE. “We feel the approval will come in due course. Right now, the course approval matter is being handled by our parent institution,” said Nehal.

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As things stand today, the students and faculty members are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that their efforts to seek recognition would yield positive results. “If needed, we may take recourse to legal action. We will fight it out,” said the director.

Mohammed Shamsher Alam, a final year student of MBA, said he had applied in the AMU hoping that he would bag a good job as it was a prestigious institution. But, he was now spending sleepless nights due to uncertainty about the course recognition. “We have been taken for a ride. We want the Union HRD ministry to intervene so that our future is saved,” he said.

The centre, set up in 2013, is running from a minority hostel building although it has been allotted 220 acres of land for the academic building. Another Rs 44 crore has been sanctioned to construct a dam for checking floods after the earmarked area for AMU was inundated a few years back. “We have received full support from the state government and work is going on for the academic building on the allotted land,’’ said an AMU official.

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However, some other officials felt that the MU centre was getting a raw deal in course. Some of them attributed it to political factors and change in the education policy of the BJP-led Union government.

“There is more to it than meets the eye. Isn’t it surprising that a central university like the AMU is facing problems even as sundry institutions are getting recognition for BEd courses?” said a senior AMU official, pointing out how BJP had opposed the setting up of the centre at Kishanganj, a minority dominated district in northeastern Bihar.

First Published: May 08, 2017 15:07 IST