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Girls protest no classes

Students pursuing vocational courses at Jamshedpur Women’s College on Thursday staged an agitation on the campus to protest against non-commencement of classes.

The agitating girls alleged that the college authorities had failed to hold even one class since the new session began around mid-July, badly affecting studies of hundreds of students.

“There has not been even one class till now. It is difficult for us. At the end of the day, we are going to suffer for this lackadaisical attitude of the authorities. Yesterday, the principal told us that we should write an application, mentioning our problems, to the vice-chancellor of Kolhan University but when we approached her today she turned a blind eye,” said Smiti Singh, a second year BCA student.

According to sources, the problem began after the university refused to renew the agreement of contractual teachers, who were apparently hired by the college without the varsity’s approval last year. Also, the contractual teachers did not get their salaries for the past three months.

Unfortunately, vocational courses, like BBA, BCA and B.Sc IT, entirely depend on contractual teachers.

When contacted, principal Sumita Mukherjee said she would try to start classes in a day or two. “It is very difficult but we are trying hard to manage the situation,” she said.