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Tuesday , October 2 , 2012
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Students’ fate in jeopardy

Kokrajhar, Oct. 1: The future of several students in the BTAD is at stake as they have missed the deadline to fill up forms for their final examination as a repercussion of the riots that broke out in July in lower Assam.

The last date for filling up the forms was September 24 and many higher secondary and degree students in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts are still languishing in relief camps.

“What will happen to us? I could not go to Dhubri to fill up the examination form and the last date is over,” said Queentine Boro, a third semester BA student of Dhubri Girls’ College, as she sat in a relief camp in Kokrajhar.

“We are helpless. Please do something to help her,” her mother pleaded to this correspondent. “She is a brilliant student. She got letter marks in three subjects in the higher secondary exams. She took English as the major subject in her degree course and secured good marks in the first two semesters,” she added.

Chandrima Brahma, also a third semester student at PB College, Gauripur, in Dhubri district is also at a loss about her future. “I could not go to my college to fill up the form. Don’t know what will happen to my future. I don’t want to lose my year,” she said.

The students of Fakiragram College in Kokrajhar have been lucky. The institute allowed 15 of its 26 students, who turned up today to fill up the forms, to do so after some teachers took up the matter with the higher authorities, including the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which runs the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). The authorities will also try and help those who have not been able to come yet.

“They are my students and it’s my duty to help them or any other student. Many students could not come because of the violence. Many of them stay in remote areas. Many of them called me up asking for help. We need to understand their problem. It’s our moral duty to help them. They are the future of the country,” a teacher of the college said, requesting anonymity.

Another teacher said, “The authorities and the state government should extend the date for filling up forms and make necessary arrangements to help the students. The affected students should be allowed to fill up the forms in any college and even sit for their examination at any centre”.