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Students rue strike woes

More than 50 students of Dhanbad-based Bharat Sevak Samaj Women’s College sat and studied outside their campus gate on Wednesday to protest against government apathy in seeking a resolution to the ongoing statewide strike of 5,000-odd teaching and non-teaching staff of 55 affiliated colleges of Jharkhand.

The agitating students maintained that the indefinite strike, which was launched on December 16, was adversely affecting their studies.

Swati Anand, a second year BA (Hindi Honours) student of BSS Women’s College, affiliated to Vinoba Bhave University, said they would continue the exercise till March 30 and thereafter launch a fast unto death if the state did not come up with a solution to the problem.

“We also submitted a memorandum to Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar on Tuesday and requested him to look into the situation. He has assured us that he will talk to our principal in this regard,” she said.

Jyoti Kumari, a third year student of Hindi, said: “The last date of filling up forms for B.A Part-III exams of Vinoba Bhave University was March 24. We could not fill up the forms as the non-teaching employees of the college are on strike. Now, we will have to submit a fine of Rs 200 for the delay.”

Jyoti argued why they must pay the fine when they were not at fault.

B.A. third year student (sociology honours) Bobby Parveen said that owing to the strike, they lost over 100 stays of important classes ahead of the exams and had to take up private tuition to complete the course.

“Instead of being compensated for the extra expenses, we will now have to pay a fine for delay in filling up forms,” she said.

Principal of the college Dr Karuna said they had little to do in the matter.

“We sympathise with the students as they have lost so many classes, but nothing is in our hands as this is a conflict between the government and striking employees. Form submissions can’t take place without the co-operation of non-teaching staff who are taking part in the statewide strike,” she said.