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Protest over degree tag

BBA students of Jamshedpur Women’s College staged a demonstration at the principal’s office on Tuesday after discovering that the course they were pursuing would give them a BCom degree.

Around 200 girls, led by some second-year students, gathered in front of Sumita Mukherjee’s chamber around 12.30pm, demanding to know why the college didn’t come clear at the time of admissions and tell them that it was not authorised to teach technical courses like BBA. They came to know the truth four days ago from a report in a local daily, which quoted Kolhan University’s new vice chancellor as saying that the varsity, to which the colleges are affiliated, did not have approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, to teach technical courses.

It can only provide simple graduate degrees like BCom, BA and BSc at the undergraduate level.

“After a year of studying BBA, we came to know that we will get a BCom degree even after following a BBA module. If the university or the college is not entitled to offer such degrees, why do they take admissions,” said a student.

The students had to cough an admission fee of Rs 10,000 to enrol in BBA while the expenses for a normal BCom course is Rs 2,000.

The first BBA batch at Jamshedpur Women’s College passed in 2013. The certificates they received accorded them BCom degrees, but none raised voice till the newspaper report came out.

During Tuesday’s agitation on the campus, police had to be called in as the girls demanded that the principal meet them. Finally, Jacinta Kerketta, DSP of police control room, and 20 policemen reached the campus and a meeting was arranged between the students and Mukherjee.

The principal pleaded helplessness, saying that they had followed in the footsteps of their parent university, Ranchi University, and introduced the professional course.

With no immediate solution in sight, the students, who left the premises around 3pm, have now decided to visit Chaibasa, Kolhan University headquarters, and speak to vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh on Wednesday. Some are also contemplating to file a PIL at Jharkhand High Court.

Singh said: “The university is not authorised to offer degrees in technical courses in the absence of AICTE approval. However, we are authorised to provide degrees when these technical courses are amalgamated with normal undergraduate ones like BA, BSc and BCom. If we give BBA degrees, it will be illegal. But the students do not seem to be aware of it because of some miscommunication.”