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Agitating students lock Jamshedpur Co-operative College

Jamshedpur, May 5: Final year students of the Jamshedpur Co-operative College who could not fill their examination form due to poor attendance locked the college on Thursday.

Supported by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and college students� union, about 50 students stopped the classes and the official work in the college as a part of their protest. The students have alleged the college as well as the Kolhan University was biased towards some students and harsh towards many.

About 1000 students from undergraduate and post-graduate final year, who were not allowed to fill their examination forms due to their poor attendance, have alleged that there are students who have filled up forms even with zero percent attendance. Although the Jamshedpur Co-operative College reduced the attendance criteria to 60 percent from 75 percent, there are many students who did not fulfill the criteria to appear for the examination. The Kolhan University today announced the dates of UG final year which starts from May 25.

The principal of Jamshedpur Co-operative College, S.S. Razi said that students have been making unwanted demands and there are no students who have filled forms with zero percent attendance. Students, mostly boys who weren’t allowed to fill up their examination forms due to poor attendance, took part in the protest. Razi was recently assaulted by students who demanded to allow them to appear for their examination, which will tentatively take place in the next couple of months.

Students also wrote to the vice-chancellor of Kolhan University requesting him to reduce the attendance parameter, which is currently at 75 percent. There are about 1000 students who are affected by this situation. Students said that the Jamshedpur Co-operative College has always borne the problems because of elections and other competitive examinations wherein classes remain suspended for approximately about two to three months.

The college, a constituent unit of Kolhan University, which was established in 1960 on a sprawling 35 acres of land given by Tata Steel has around 7000 students on roll for different streams and 77 faculties, is being used by the district administration since 1962 as strong rooms for general elections, Assembly and panchayat polls.

Sensing trouble, the college authorities informed the Bistupur police station and the situation was brought under control only after the arrival of police. The students are now waiting for a response from the vice-chancellor.

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