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RCMA students call off 86-day strike, rejoice after govt assurance on degree


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 8:
As many as 1500 students of Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Computer Application (MCA) of Regional College of Management Autonomous (RCMA) today called off their 86-day long protest and hunger strike and distributed sweets among themselves after the assurance given by the Government yesterday that they would be given their degree certificates by the end of the month.
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The students profusely thanked media persons for their support.
“Finally the day has come for which we were fighting for the last 86 days. Though we have not got any written assurance, we have been verbally assured by the government that original certificate will be issued to us in a month’s time,” said an elated Deepak Kumar Baral, a second year students of MBA.
“Everybody is happy after hearing the government announcement, but it has come after lot of fight, many injuries and great pain,” Baral added.
Even in their moment of triumph, the students sounded a note of caution requesting the college authorities not to repeat the mistake. “If the authorities fail to pay heed to our request, the situation could boil over again,” warned another student. “If anything, things could be even worse than it was this time,” he added.
The students had been on a hunger strike since February 11 demanding issue of original certificates from the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), Rourkela, which had been pending since 2009 due to a conflict between RCMA and BPUT.
After a Governing body meeting of BPUT on the RCMA issue held yesterday, Chandra Shekhar Kumar, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Employment & Technical Education & Training (ET&ET) Department had announced that degree and registration will be issued to students enrolled in the college as per AICTE norms by the end of this month.
The problem dates back to 2009 when RCMA started taking admission in MBA and MCA courses without intimating the BPUT.
RCMA director Prof Prabir Pal and faculty staff also expressed their happiness over the assurance given by the State government to issue certificate to the deprived students.