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Degree chaos at Hemant door

BBA students of Jamshedpur Women’s College, who recently discovered that their course would fetch them a normal BCom degree and not a specialised one, on Tuesday submitted a letter to chief minister Hemant Soren, seeking his intervention to protect their interests.

The agitating students went to the Circuit House around 4pm to apprise the chief minister, who was in the city to attend an event, about their problem. But, they could not meet Hemant.

One of his aides asked the students to write a letter, explaining the issue.

“He (the aide) said the chief minister would look into the matter,” said Ankita Kumari, a second-year student.

In the morning, around 200 students sat on a dharna on the campus to protest against the college authorities, who allegedly “cheated” them by promising BBA degree at the time of their admission.

On Saturday, the students, who had gheraoed principal Sumita Mukherjee on August 19 over the same issue, met the vice chancellor of Kolhan University, R.P.P. Singh, in Chaibasa to seek his help. But Singh said that he was helpless as the university did not have the necessary approval of All India Council for Technical Education to teach technical courses such as the BBA or the BCA.

The varsity VC had blamed college authorities for creating the confusion by printing BBA in the prospectus.