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Excess BEd students at Kalyani sit for exam

Tehatta, July 7: Thirty-two out of 39 students of Bhaktabala BEd College, who had been admitted in excess of the approved strength amid allegations of bribery for seats, today sat for their exams at a BEd College in Nadia.

However, the 32 were allowed to sit for the exam on condition that they would be registered and their answer scripts would be checked subject to approval from the National Council for Teacher Education.

The 32 candidates took the exam at Renuka Devi BEd College in Tehatta. Seven students skipped the exams because they did not want the conditions imposed.

The controller of examination of Kalyani University, Bimalendu Biswas, handed over the roll numbers to the 32 candidates a little before the commencement of their general first paper on education and development.

The students were not issued any admit card as part of the conditions laid down by the university.

A student who appeared for the examination said: “It is a great relief that we are ultimately allowed to write the examination. We hope that the NCTE and the Kalyani University will consider our cases on humanitarian ground.”

Some of the seven students who didn’t appear in the examination today blamed the varsity authorities for their decision.

“The varsity laid down conditions for us and refused to give any categorical assurance about publication of our results. This created a lot of confusion and uncertainty about our future. Now it appears that we will lose a year,” a student who did not appear for the exam said.

The controller of exams, Biswas, said: “It will take time for the NCTE to regularise these cases. The university and the state government have taken the initiative. So, there should not be any confusion and uncertainty. Students should understand that the University is not at all responsible for their problem. Rather, they should be blamed for this situation. The university tried its best to help them on humanitarian grounds.”