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Jamshedpur Women’s College will issue online admission forms and prospectuses for undergraduate courses tentatively from June 11, even as it is trying hard to win back its autonomous status.

According to Kolhan University vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh, the women’s college lost its autonomous status on March 31 this year.

The college enjoyed autonomous status for a six-year tenure from 2008, but lost it because it apparently delayed the application process for its renewal. At present, existing students as well as aspirants are confused about its status because the picture is unclear on whether the college is a constituent institution or will earn its autonomous tag again.

“The autonomous status was granted for six years and it ended in March. However, the college is gearing up to apply to the UGC to renew the status. As for the admission forms, it can be downloaded online from June 11,” said a college official on condition of anonymity.

Principal Sumita Mukherjee confirmed that forms would be available online, but refused to talk about the autonomous status.

Asked about the chances of earning the status back, Manju Jyotsna, the UGC nominated member of the governing body of Jamshedpur Women’s College, said: “According to rules, every autonomous college must host at least one meeting at the beginning of the financial year to approve the budget. The academic council meeting was also not held. We did not have a single meeting in the last one year. I don’t know how the college functions. So, the picture is still unclear. Based on these experiences, I have submitted my report to the UGC already.”

Fanning the confusion, Kolhan University has distributed BEd prospectuses among all constituent colleges, including Jamshedpur Women’s College.

Students are naturally left in the dark.

“I did not want to take admission anywhere else other than Jamshedpur Women’s College. Its autonomous status was a big draw. But, now I am not sure. Besides, the college is yet to issue admission prospectus, unlike other institutions,” said Pooja Singh, a student of SP Inter College.