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- College seeks land for expansion, says no place for convention centre in neighbourhood

Magadh Mahila College students and professors have set their eyes on a bigger goal.

They said on Tuesday that despite the state government’s decision that the main approach road leading to Magadh Mahila College would not be blocked with the construction of a convention centre adjacent to it, they are not happy.

The employees and students said they are in no mood to defuse their agitation because its real purpose was to shift the upcoming convention centre from its present site.

Suheli Mehta, a faculty member of the college who has been leading the agitation from Day One, said: “We are happy that the government has shown sensitiveness by not making changes in the main approach route. But our agitation will continue till the government decides to shift the upcoming convention centre from its present site.”

According to the government’s earlier plan, the main approach road of the college would be blocked and an alternative L-shaped route passing through the district police headquarters would be provided to the students. But on the directions of chief minister Nitish Kumar, chief secretary A.K. Sinha decided not to block the main approach road of the college.

The faculty member added that the college requires land for expansion because it was planning to start new courses.

“The college plans to set up MBA, MCA and MCom courses in the future. We have been asking the government to provide us land adjacent to the college (the city police superintendent’s residence and the civil surgeon’s land) so that we can expand. Many a time we have received oral assurances from the education department officers. Now, the government is planning to build a convention centre.”

BCA student Shikha said she totally agrees with her teacher.

“Many projects of the college are stuck in a limbo because of unavailability of land. The college intends to set up an auditorium, playground and additional classrooms for us. This would not be possible if the government doesn’t provide us land,” she said.

Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha, however, said the government is not in a position to provide land to the college for its expansion plans.

The college, which has a capacity of around 4,000 students, runs classes in three shifts.