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Students move HC on lapses

Guwahati, Nov. 24: Five students from Assam have moved Gauhati High Court alleging irregularities in conduct of DoNER-sponsored plastic engineering courses by Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (Cipet), Chennai.

Speaking to reporters here today, Biplob Deb of Digboi in Tinsukia district, Rajib Sarma, Sumit Das (both of Kamrup district), Chandan Kumar Sarma and Champak Kumar Sarma (both from Nalbari) said they had enrolled for a six-month course (August 2010 to February 2011) in Cipet, Chennai. After admission, however, they were neither provided course materials nor proper boarding facilities. Even classes were irregular. They were also not provided placement though the institute had said in its report to the DoNER ministry that 70 per cent of the batch (40 students) had been provided public and private sector jobs.

“After coming to know about the courses through an advertisement, we applied and were selected for the course. But after enrolment, we witnessed irregularities at every step. Classes were not regular, course materials were not provided and after six months, the students were asked to go back home without jobs. I filed RTI applications and lodged a complaint with the DoNER ministry but no action was taken. So we decided to move the high court seeking justice,” Deb said.

The students had taken admission in two courses — computer-aided plastic product design and application-based product design programme — which were aimed at enhancing skills of students from the Northeast and provide them jobs.

“We moved the court because the DoNER scheme is not benefiting students owing to the irregularities committed by Cipet, Chennai. We lodged the writ petition (c) 4705/2012 earlier this month, following which the court admitted it. Like us, many students are falling victim to such irregularities,” Deb said.


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