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BEd pangs in city college

A coveted BEd berth appears to be the reason behind much heartache and alleged wrongdoing in the constituent colleges of Kolhan University.

While Baharagora College has seen as a steady stream of principals in the last seven years, almost all of who have complained of interference by local goons when it came to BEd admissions, the latest institution to be caught in the imbroglio is Jamshedpur Cooperative College

A section of candidates who applied for a BEd seat this year have alleged that there were anomalies in the admission process. As many as 35 applicants who did not secure a berth protested along with 100 odd student union activists in front of the college campus last Wednesday.

The applicants alleged that the selection process was skewered and students with fewer merit points made it to the first list while many with better points were ignored. As many as 1,703 candidates applied for 100 BEd seats and were chosen on basis of merit points (includes educational qualification and marks). The first list was declared on September 15.

“There are students who have got 24 points but have not been selected but we see the names of those who have scored 23 points. As per our calculation of points based on university rules and guidelines, we have fared better. Thus we want a clarification from the selection committee,” said applicant Trilochan Mahto.

The applicants who did not make it were forced to shout slogans on Wednesday when they learnt that members of the BEd selection committee of Jamshedpur Co-operative College, who were supposed to address their grievances and clarify doubts, had not turned up to meet them. After the students complained about the list on Monday, principal of the Jamshedpur Co-operative College R.K. Das fixed up a meeting of the students with the selection committee on Wednesday. A communique to the effect was also displayed on the notice board but none of the committee members turned up. When students tried to get in touch with Das, they found his phone switched off.

The college was closed for Ganesh Chaturthi on Wednesday and committee members claimed that they were not informed anything about a meeting.

“We did not know about any meeting with BEd applicants,” said S.S. Razi, one of the committee members of the BEd selection committee.