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Protest puts college on guard

Student unrest at Bistupur-based Jamshedpur Women’s College has prompted the authorities to beef up security on campus.

Guards from a private security agency were deployed at the college, where BBA students had demonstrated in front of the principal’s office on Tuesday after discovering that the professional course they were pursuing after coughing Rs 10,000 each would actually award them a normal BCom degree.

They came to know this a few days ago from a report in a local daily, which quoted Kolhan University’s new vice chancellor as saying that the varsity, to which the colleges are affiliated, did not have approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, to teach technical courses.

But Wednesday was calmer with the protesters, who are being supported by various students’ union, including Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), choosing to attend classes.

“A number of women constables were deputed on the campus today (Wednesday). We attended classes because we realised that there is no point in shouting and screaming, rather a solution needs to be chalked out soon. Some of us, accompanied by members of ABVP, will go to Chaibasa to meet the university officials tomorrow (Thursday),” said a BBA student, requesting anonymity.

The university is trying for a solution as well. “We are serious about this issue, more so because it’s also the duty of the university to look after the welfare of students,” said vice chancellor R.P.P. Singh.

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