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Kolhan varsity plays with student futures

Tapas Kumar Sen should have completed his masters in 2013 and by now been in a job somewhere in south India.

But, thanks to Kolhan University’s lack of initiative, he and many of his friends who joined the computer applications course more than four years ago, aren’t able to appear for their final semester exams get their degrees.

There are 40 MCA students in all, studying in affiliated institutions like Karim City College, RVS College of Engineering & Technology and JLN College, Chakradharpur.

And of them are waiting for the university to hold the sixth and final semester exams.

The fifth semester examination, which was supposed to be held in December 2012, took place in February this year. Now all that remains is the sixth semester in which students are graded on an industrial project they take up.

When students knocked the doors of the university, the authorities rued manpower crunch and told them to wait.

But for how long?

Tapas, one of many students who took admission in 2010-2013, joining the first batch of MCA students of Karim City College, is now stuck with a job offer he can’t honour. He will also have to repay an education loan he took to finance the Rs 1.5 lakh course fee.

“When we approach companies they look at our resumes and ask what have we been doing for the last one year. Nobody is ready to believe that it is the university which has not yet declared dates for the final semester examination,” said Tapas, who has received two offers, one from Oracle and the other from Vanilla Network in Kerala.

“But, without a master's degree who will give me a job,” he asked.

MCA course fees are around Rs 25,000 per semester. Tapas, who is from Chowka block in Seraikela-Kharsawan, had taken a loan from Bank of India, hoping to repay it once he got a job.

But, with the session getting delayed by about one and a half years, he has to start thinking of how to pay back the loan.

“Six batchmates have education loans,” said Aarif Anwar, an MCA student from RVS College of Engineering and Technology.

“We belong to middle class families and don't know how we can repay the loans without a job. I had applied to a Delhi- based consultancy firm, but it did not accept my application as the college session has been delayed. We are losing opportunities,” he said.

Teachers are aware of the problem but plead helplessness. “It feels bad that students can’t take up their jobs. We have sent reminders to the university,” said Anwar Shahab, head of the department of computer applications at Karim City College.

Now, the session for the juniors, too, has been delayed.

The batch of 2011-14 should have graduated but are in the fourth semester now. The batch of 2012-15 should have been in the fifth semester, but it has only managed to finish the second semester. The batch of 2013-16 is in its first semester when it should have been in the middle of the third semester.

Strangely, Kolhan University vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh had no idea of the impasse, but agreed something had to be done.

“There must be very few students… I was not aware of the situation… let me see what I can do,” said Singh.

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