Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Students of Master in Business Administration (MBA) of Regional College of Management Autonomous (RCMA) here on Monday announced that they will go on a hunger strike from tomorrow if their demand for original certificates is not granted immediately.
Students said they have been debarred from receiving original certificates from the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), Rourkela since 2009.
Talking to OST, Raza Quadir, a MBA student of RCMA said, “The problem started when RCMA was granted autonomy under UGC guidelines in 2009 after which the college started granting admissions of students in the MBA course, was said to be affiliated to BPUT. But when we approached to both institutes (RCMA and BPUT) for issue of certificates for all batches, it said that no certificates will be issued as the matter of affiliation of BPUT is sub-judice in the Odisha High Court.”
Quadir said, “We have been consistently demanding our certificates. But citing its autonomous approval from University Grant Commission (UGC) and All India College of Technical Education (AICTE), the RCMA misled the agitating students about their future.”
According to reports presented by students, around 480 MBA students of the college are yet to get their final degree certificates since 2009.
“Now we are facing many problems in pursuing our career as we don’t have valid certificates about having completed the MBA degree in the college,” said another MBA second year student of RCMA Swayam Mohapatra.
The students had also met Minister of Employment and Technical Education and Training department Pratap Keshari Dev on the issue. According to the version of the students, Dev said the RCMA have violated rules of the Odisha Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act 2007.
“We have written to all governing bodies like UGC, BPUT, RCMA, State’s Governor SC Jamir, Ministry of Technical Education, Chief Minister’s grievance cell, but in vain,” alleged the BMA students of RCMA.
“If our certificates are not issued to us soon by the college, we will launch an indefinite hunger strike without violating law and damaging college property,” they warned.
On being quizzed about the issue, RCMA director Prof Prabir Pal said the college had moved the High Court in 2009 against the State Government regarding the admission issue. When the college authorities asked for handing over of certificates to the MBA students, the BPUT reiterated the old saying that the case is sub-judice in the court.
“If we had no affiliation, why has the OJEE been sending us students from 2009?” Pal asked, adding, “The allegation of running the MBA programme in the college without affiliation is not true.”
Pal also said that the college would sort out the problems within 7-10 days as they have taken the state government orders to the Vice-Chancellor of BPUT for early settlement of the issue. “If the BPUT issues certificates in favour of students who have passed out, they will withdraw the case against the Government.”