Future uncertain for 1,500 students

Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar University in Muzaffarpur

Munger: Technical fault on the part of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar University in Muzaffarpur has nearly jeopardised the career of about 1,500 distance learning BEd students of 2014-16 ,2015-17 and 2016-18 sessions.

Students from Begusarai, Khagaria, Munger, Jamui, Sheikhpura and Lakhisarai districts of Munger division are the worst hit.

The Prime Minister’s Office has, vide registration number PMOPG/E/2018/0182388, directed the secretary, education department of Bihar, to look into the matter and submit an taken-action report immediately. The PMO took the initiative after Mithilesh Kumar , a BEd student from Munger, sent his grievances to the Prime Minister over PMO App on April 18.

Education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma could not be contacted for comment, as he was busy with the last rites of a senior law department official. “But the university has begun correspondence with the chancellor-cum-governor to get the ”regulation-approval” from the chancellor as soon as possible,” Ashok Shrivastava, director, BEd distance education at the university, told The Telegraph. “The National Teacher Education Council (New Delhi) approved BEd courses for 2014-16, 2015-17 and 2016-18. In light of the National Teacher Education Council’s approval, the university got 500 students each enrolled in academic-sessions 2014-16, 2015-17 & 2016-18 and started BEd teaching in time. All 500 distance learning students of 2014-16 session passed on time. But, their certificates were held up due to technical faults like absence of regulation-approval from the chancellor,” said Pravir Kumar, an affected BEd student.

“Five hundred students again took admission into the BEd course in 2015-17 and wrote a semester examination. All of them passed. The second semester’s lesson plans and assignment papers were submitted to the university study centres in time. But, the university suddenly stopped the final year’s examination,” alleged Mithilesh Kumar, a BEd student hailing from Munger.

“Again 500 students took admission in 2016-18 and started studying. But the university only conducted classes for the first year but no semester exams till now,” said Ravi Raj, a BEd student. “If I don’t clear the course by 2019, I will lose my job as a teacher. The university is bent on ruining my career.”

University registrar Ajay Kumar Shrivastava said the university “is trying its best to get the regulation-approval from the chancellor”. University vice-chancellor Amrendra Narayan Yadav confirmed the same. “This prestigious university has doomed the future of 1,500 distance learning students for their own mistakes. Bihar education department officials are only giving assurances for months, but in vain,” said Mithilesh Kumar, another student.


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