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Private B Ed College Accused Of Taking Excess Money

2015-05-14 23:59


Baliadanga Sarif B Ed College

Santipur, May 14: The owner of a private B Ed college in Santipur has been accused who accused its owner for charging money under different heads in excess of course fee.

Sarifuddin Mandal, owner of Baliadanga Sarif B Ed College in Nadia’s Santipur has been allegedly threatening a section of his students of dire consequences if they do not pay an unauthorized amount of Rupees 18500 to him towards ‘examination fee’.

The students have alleged that the college authority since beginning of the academic session has been unlawfully squeezing them for money under different heads and has so far siphoned about Rupees 45000 on average from each of the students for which he is not at all empowered off.

Around 30 students of the college have jointly lodged a complaint to the sub divisional officer of Ranaghat Rajarshi Mitra against college owner cum Secretary Saifuddin Mandal. The students have appealed the SDO to ensure that they may be allowed to appear in the examination which is scheduled for July.

The SDO has advised them to lodge a police complaint against the college authority and has also requested to the Kalyani University authority to look into the matter.

“I have requested the University authority to ensure that the students are not victimized due to unlawful activities of the B Ed college authority. Moreover, I have told the students to lodge police complaint and requested the SDPO Ranaghat to look into the matter”, said Rajarshi Mitra.

The students had also lodged a complaint before vice chancellor Professor Rattanlal Hangloo. The students also met University registrar over the issue.

Vice chancellor said: “This is most unfortunate that despite our repeated instruction some private B Ed college bodies have been unlawfully taking money. I have received a number of complaints against different colleges, which are being looked into. The University has no administrative control over these private colleges; nevertheless, we are contemplating an inquiry into the matter”.

As per the existing norms of the Kalyani University, which is the affiliating authority, a private B Ed college under it, is eligible to accept a onetime gross amount Rupees 50000 towards course fee for the two years’ B Ed courses.

In last year after the ‘cash for seat’ scam at the Bhaktabala College, vice chancellor professor Rattanlal Hangloo had streamlined the admission process at the private B Ed colleges and also introduced central counseling as a cleanup drive against corruption.

However, the changes appeared to have made little impact on the private college authorities.

According to the students the college authorities started showing its real color soon after the classes began in last year as it started demanding money for different reasons, albeit without any “official” approval of the University.

A student from Krishnanagar who is an MA in political science: “I admitted to the college after selection in the central counseling and paid an admission fee of Rs 53000 as then fixed by the university. The amount was later slashed by 3000 by the university but the college did not return the money so far. It rather soon after commencement of classes demanded Rupees 28,000 from us extra towards completion of admission process. We were forced to pay the amount. But, the college did not give us any receipt for the amount. We were later asked to pay Rupees 3000 for a seminar, followed by Rupees 9100 as registration charges. It further took Rupees 2300 for library fee, even though we were never allowed to use it. Later the students, who have work education as their one of subjects, were asked to pay Rupees 30000 to ensure a direct viva test. But, even after that we lost our cool when the college management issued notice to us asking to pay Rupees 18500 towards examination charge. We appealed the authority to exempt the amount, but secretary threatened us for dire consequences”.

“Most of the students of the college belong to poor family background. I personally found it tough to pay the amount. My father is ill and runs a small shoe shop, which is not enough to run the family. I requested the secretary to reduce the amount, but he threatened that he would spoil our future unless the amount is paid”, she said

Another student of the college said: “The increasing demand of the college has become unbearable. The college has so far taken around 45000-50000 extra from each of the student unlawfully without any receipt. Every time we have requested him for an exemption, the college officials have threatened us to spoil our career. They threatened that we will be shown ‘absent’ throughout the session”.

“We never thought that obtaining a B Ed degree could be so costly affair. We were hopeful that after the Bhaktabala college scam, things would change, but the greed of the college management has increased”, he added.

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