Saturday, December 3, 2022

Assembly elections to hamper classes and exams

Jamshedpur : Nearly 7000 students of Jamshedpur Co-operative College ( JCC), arguably one of the oldest colleges of the city, are facing trouble with the announcement of Assembly elections as classes have taken a back seat.

The college, an 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 and assembly polls.

The College is facing dilemma where to conduct the MBA examinations which is scheduled to start on November 5.

The Kolhan University had announced the dates of the second and fourth semester examination and the centre a month ago where 130 students will appear but the decision of assembly elections have put college officials in confusion.

The principal of the Jamshedpur Co-operative College, R.K. Das though took the matter with the district administration to come up with a solution soon but have received nothing so far.

The main building which houses classrooms and offices have been taken over by the district administration on Nov 1 and the entire campus will be taken from Nov 17 which will continue after the results are declared on Dec 23.

According to data collected from the archives of the district administration ever since combined Singhbhum (East Singhbhum was carved out of Singhbhum in 1990) Jamshedpur Cooperative College has served as strong room for general elections and assembly elections since 1962.

Be it the parliamentary elections in April 2009, the Assembly polls in November 2009 or the panchayat elections last November and December and the Jamshedpur by-poll in July 2011 the education cradle has had to bear the brunt of hosting polling officials and security personnel for nearly a month and also stocking EVMs for dispatch to different polling stations.

Das said that they have apprised to the Kolhan varsity about the college being used for strong room and sought for relaxation in terms of academic schedules.

“We always find benches and desks broken. The plastered walls will be half-broken and everything around will be messy.

Heavy vehicles used for polling parties is kept at the college ground and after election the ground is damaged and not fit for our use” said Pawan Kumar, a final-year law student.

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