Alipurduar, Aug. 25: Around 100 students of a private BEd college in Falakata have been gheraoing the owner’s house since yesterday afternoon and started a relay hunger strike also, demanding a refund of their fees after they were not allowed to give their final exam.
The Falakata BEd College received a letter from North Bengal University in July which stated that the exam for the batch of 2012-13 in August couldn’t be held as the college did not have the affiliation to National Council for Teacher’s Education (NCTE).
The 100 students who took admission to the college in 2012 have paid Rs 45,000 each for the course. They have alleged that they had to deposit more than Rs one lakh in the institute unofficially.
The Falakata block development officer and the inspector-in-charge of Alipurduar met the students today and tried for a settlement. But the students said they would withdraw the gherao only after the amount was refunded.
Bedona Roy, a student of the college, said: “After my marriage I had to sell my jewellery to study the BEd course in this institute. We have already lost a year. Unless we receive the money, we will not stop our movement.”
Bijan Pal, the owner of the institute, said: “The matter is sub-judice at present. How can I refund the amount now.? I began the institute in 2005 and received the NCTE affiliation in 2007. Classes were held after that and till 2011, six batches have completed the course and many have already got jobs with our certificate,” he said.
“Suddenly the NBU has issued a letter stating that we cannot conduct the final exam. We have submitted a writ petition in the Calcutta High Court in July as we already have the NCTE affiliation. If the court asks me to refund the money, then I will,” he added.
NBU officials could not be contacted.