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Strong(room) blow to college admissions

Poll posers continue for Jamshedpur Co-operative College, the East Singhbhum district administration’s favourite strong room since 1962.

Not just has the class calendar gone haywire ever since the college building was taken over on April 25 for the Lok Sabha elections, the admission process too has been put on hold till May 21 when the 35-acre campus is finally expected to shed its burden of democracy.

According to disgruntled faculty members, even until the last polls, they were allowed access to science labs and the multipurpose hall for classes. But not this time. Security bandobast had been too strict for comfort, prompting administrative work to be shifted to Kolhan University’s branch office on the campus of Graduate School College for Women. Other cradles under the varsity have already started issuing admission forms for postgraduation courses. Jamshedpur Co-operative College has to wait for over three weeks more.

“I had some work and went to the campus around last week, but CRPF men denied me access. This is the first time that the whole college has been taken over. Earlier, we were allowed to use the library and laboratories,” said a faculty member of science.

Principal R.K. Das said he had had to issue a notice asking all teachers to hold extra classes during the summer vacation to ease syllabus backlog. “Remuneration will be given accordingly,” he added. College vacations begin from May 19 and will continue till June 12.

Students and teachers, however, seemed unaware of the decision. “It was hot in April. It will be hotter in May. Stepping out for extra classes during holidays is no solution and bad idea. Every time the college turns into a strong room — and it does so often — we feel like outsiders. Studies take a beating, but no one seems to care,” complained Sudha Jagan, a final-year commerce student.

Principal Das agreed that the system was unfortunate, but the district administration had never given them an alternative solution. He said that though he would once again request teachers and students to attend summer classes, there was less time remaining to circulate the notice.

“Other colleges have begun PG admissions, but we will have to start late; perhaps, after their submission dates get over. Hope teachers and students are aware we have to complete the syllabus. We can’t help the way things are,” he added.