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BEd students in a fix

Hazaribagh, March 12: The fate of around 2,600 BEd students hangs in balance as Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) has termed them as “non-eligible” and refused to issue admit cards — without any fault of theirs — for the annual examination, starting from March 25.

These students belong to 26 private BEd colleges situated in Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Koderma and Giridih.

Varsity officials on Wednesday said only students of eight government BEd colleges were eligible to take the examination.

The rest, studying in private institutions, would have to wait till an inquiry committee — formed yesterday after the students staged protests — submitted its report on violation of admission norms.

According to VBU officials, an earlier panel formed by acting vice-chancellor of the varsity Surendra Singh had submitted a report in last week of February, terming 640 admissions in the private colleges as illegal.

“The earlier panel in its report has said that altogether 640 admissions across the 26 institutes have been done in violation of norms. As a punishment, the students of all those colleges, which have flouted the varsity’s rules, have been barred from the exam,” a VBU official, not willing to be named, said.

University sources said that there were limited seats for each subject. But due to lack of enough candidates, private colleges had flouted the norms to admit students of other subjects.

The private colleges resorted to illegal means to fill up the 100 stipulated seats for BEd course.