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Students appeal to governor
- SKMU, rural health workers protest

Dumka, Feb. 20: A group of 12 MEd students, who have been denied jobs after passing out, today asked governor-cum-chancellor of universities Syed Ahmed’s intervention in the matter, as they continued with their indefinite dharna in front of the Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU) headquarters in Dumka. The students have been protesting since February 14.

SKMU had, on the basis of a 2008 Supreme Court judgement, introduced MEd courses in two of its constituent cradles — SP College in Dumka and Deoghar College — in the 2011-12 session without approval from nodal agency the National Council of Teaching Education (NCTE).

Though the varsity, citing the Apex court order, claimed that it was capable enough of introducing BEd and MEd courses without approvals from NCTE, the employers thought otherwise.

The first batch of students who passed out from the colleges were refused jobs, with prospective employers refusing to recognise their degrees due to a lack of NCTE seal.

“The varsity refuses to budge from its stand while employers refuse to hire us stating that the course is not recognised by NCTE. We had requested the varsity to absorb us as teachers for its BEd course. However, the university continues dilly-dallying on that too,” said Joel Murmu, one of the protesters.

SKMU pro vice chancellor Ramyatan Prasad assured that the matter would be taken up with the Association of Indian Universities and a suitable directive in this regard issued soon.

The university had last December invited application from the candidates for appointment to the post of teachers in B Ed courses running in five colleges. It later decided to not go ahead with the hiring citing “technical” reasons.

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