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Anger over college blunder

Barred from submitting their examination forms for no fault of theirs, a section of Class XII students of SSLNT Women’s College, Dhanbad, locked the main gate of the campus on Monday morning, seeking redress.

The protest, which began around 11.30am under the banner of Yuva Chatra Jagran Manch, was withdrawn an hour later to spare fellow students inconvenience.

According to arts student Nisha Srivastava — one of the 28 disgruntled twelfth graders — the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) was not allowing them to fill up forms for their board examination, scheduled early next year, because their status was non-registered.

“We submitted our registration forms in July, but the college didn’t send them to JAC,” she said, adding that the same thing had happened with some of their seniors last year. “Our career is at stake.”

Richa Prasad, another agitating student, said that the bungling college authorities might force them to move court. “Even worse, someone may commit suicide out of frustration,” she warned.

Insiders said the last date of registration for plus two arts and science courses was July 20 without fine and July 31 with a fine of Rs 200. All the 28 agitating students — 14 from each stream — had duly submitted their completed forms, but never got their registration numbers. The last date for submission of exam form is December 5.

Principal Kiran Singh admitted the gaffe and claimed they had launched a probe into it. “We have already showcaused two clerks. If more people are found guilty, they will face strict action,” he said.

On the fate of the 28 students, he added: “I will personally visit the JAC office in Ranchi soon and request the authorities to relax rules so that these children can appear for their examination.”

Last year, some students were allowed to fill up registration and exam forms together.

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