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College denied land for three decades, students suffer

- Affiliated to Magadh University, institution functions from a double-storeyed rented building

Students of Gautam Buddha Mahila (GBM) College are struggling to pursue academic activities in the absence of a building for the past 35 years.

Established in 1953 and a constituent college of Magadh University since 1977, the institution has been denied land for more than three decades. Sources said land had been identified for this only-for-girls college in Gaya on more than four occasions but the institution is yet to get a plot to construct its own building.

While the university administration has set a norm that at least five acres should be registered in the name of a college seeking affiliation, GBM College with a strength of more than 1,500 students at Intermediate and degree-level courses is running from a double-storeyed rented building in Gaya town.

GBM College principal in-charge Nalini Rathore and professor Suman Jain on August 4 met deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and handed over a memorandum demanding allotment of plot to the college. Modi assured them of looking into the matter

On July 17, Rathore had requested education minister P.K. Shahi through a letter to make a plot available. In the letter, she said in absence of its own building, academic activities were being affected.

She also requested that a government-owned plot near Prabhawati Hospital (earlier known as Lady Elgin hospital) be made available. In the letter, Rathore said then Magadh divisional commissioner K.P. Ramaiah had assured of allotting the plot near Prabhawati Hospital to the college in 2009. Later, then Gaya district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh had also granted permission to organise a college function on it. But the plot has not been allotted to the college as yet.

In the letter, Rathore alleged that a disputed plot had been identified for the college near the Civil Lines police station. Followers of Anand Marg claimed that it was their land. The principal in-charge also said another plot had been identified on the campus of Government Girls High School in Gaya town.

Professional and vocational courses could not be started in the college owing to space crunch. Only bachelor in computer applications, bachelor in business administration and music courses are being run.

At the Intermediate-level, around 1,024 girls study in the arts and science streams, while at the degree-level nearly 1,000 girls study Hindi, English, Urdu, Sanskrit, political science, history, economics, home science, philosophy, psychology, chemistry, botany, zoology and physics.

Gaya Municipal Corporation councillor from ward number 22 Laljee Prasad said a delegation met deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on August 4 in support of their demand for a plot. Magadh University acting vice-chancellor Arun Kumar said he would look into the matter.

Deep Shikha, a Part III student of psychology honours, told The Telegraph: “Owing to shortage of space, we have to face lot of problems. There is no common room for the students. Once a class is over, the girls have to wait on the veranda to attend the next class.”