VBU vice chancellor Gurdeep Singh in Hazaribagh on Monday. Picture by Vishvendu Jaipuriar
Vinoba Bhave University’s (VBU) new vice chancellor Gurdeep Singh has become a hero to his students on the first day of joining office.
Singh, who took charge yesterday, wasted no time to announce that BEd examinations in 26 private colleges would be conducted on June 17, bailing out 2,600 students whose fate had been hanging in the balance for months.
Singh’s predecessor Surendra Singh Meena, commissioner of North Chotanagpur commissionerate who had been given additional charge of VBU, had put an embargo on the final exams of these colleges till the report of an inquiry into alleged anomalies committed during admissions was out.
The exam in eight government BEd colleges, on the other hand, was conducted from March 25.
Punished for no fault of theirs, the affected students knocked on the doors of Jharkhand High Court, which ruled in their favour on April 22. But VBU officials still sat on the order, doing nothing to conduct the much-delayed exams till Singh took over.
“The pending BEd exams in the private colleges will be held on June 17. As for the other issues plaguing the varsity, I am trying to get a hang of it. I believe in functioning with support and co-ordination of VBU officials and employees,” said the new vice chancellor.
Singh’s decision was hailed by one and all.
“Meena’s rigidity created unnecessary troubles. Students were being harassed for no fault of theirs. We are happy that the issue has been resolved now and we have got a new head, who will take care of everyone,” said a varsity official on the condition of anonymity.
BEd students were obviously happy. “We have been spending sleepless nights since January this year, when the exams got cancelled. We were really worried about our careers,” said a student, not willing to be named.
The 26 colleges that were facing the heat are located in Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra, Koderma and Giridih. Each college has 100 seats and the National Council of Teacher’s Education had allotted fixed number of seats in each subject.
But sources said that due to lack of enough candidates, the colleges had flouted norms to admit students of other subjects in a particular stream.
In fact, an earlier panel formed by VBU to probe the anomalies had found 640 such admissions “illegal”.