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Colleges and Schools suspend classes as security forces take over the campuses

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Jamshedpur : Classes in colleges and schools are being hampered due to elections. Colleges like Graduate School College for Women, Karim City College and schools like Rajendra Vidyalaya and Dayanand Public School have been taken over by security forces who are being deployed for election in the city.

Graduate School College for Women continued till yesterday Nov 27 as the forces did not take over, they asked students to stop coming to college from today.

The Karim City College too has been closed from Nov 25 to Dec 4 to accomodate security personnel who will be deployed at various polling booths too. Most of the colleges and schools will also serve as the polling booth. A number of college staff have been deployed on election duty too.

The Jamshedpur Co-operative which serves as the strong room is already closed from Nov 15. The office has shifted about 500 mts from the college campus and students and teachers hardly come to college. For Jamshedpur Co-operative College, this will continue till Dec 23, the day of counting.

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.

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