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Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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Exam woes for BEd students

The fate of 2,600 BEd students hangs in balance as Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) has not initiated any step to conduct the annual examination at private colleges despite a Jharkhand High Court order.

The final examination, however, began on March 25 at the eight government colleges under the varsity.

VBU had accused 26 private colleges in Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chatra, Giridih and Koderma of flouting admission norms and had set up an inquiry committee in May last year. But after pro-vice chancellor Anjani Srivastava got transferred, this committee became non-functional.

Acting vice-chancellor Surendra Singh Meena then formed another three-member in February. The committee termed 640 admissions in the private colleges as illegal.

Unsatisfied by the findings, the private colleges said the panel had jumped to the conclusion just by going through the prospectus — something that did not have the actual norms.

To avoid further controversy, Meena formed the third inquiry committee on March 12. VBU officials had then said that they would not conduct the annual examination till they get the probe report, compelling the students to approach the high court.

On March 24, Jharkhand High Court asked VBU to conduct the final exams, but the order did not mention that the exams at both private and government colleges would have to be held simultaneously.

VBU registrar S.P. Sinha refused to promise any particular date. “Our committee is probing the matter. Scrutiny of the admission process of three colleges are left,” he added.

Notably, admissions to these private BEd colleges were held in October 2012. Each college has 100 seats and the National Council of Teacher’s Education has allotted fixed number of seats in each subject.

According to sources, due to lack of enough candidates, private colleges had flouted the norms to admit students of other subjects.

The colleges concerned denied flouting norms. According to the management of these cradles, the eight government colleges too admitted students the same way. “Then why are they being spared?” asked an official of one the private colleges.

The students feel they have been made scapegoat.

“VBU officials, led by acting vice chancellor Meena, are delaying the examination to settle scores with the management of private colleges and thus making the students suffer,” said a student.

According to others, VBU should have kept an eye on the admission process. “They failed to carry out their duty properly and now we are made to suffer. This dilly-dallying on part of the university is affecting only us,” another student added.

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