Students caught between re-affiliation of colleges to GU
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Students caught between re-affiliation of colleges to GU

Saumya Mishra | January 29, 2018 17:14 hrs

Fates of several students hang in balance as they have been caught in the mess of colleges being re-affiliated to Gauhati University (GU). Recently, as many as 23 colleges were re-affiliated to GU from Bodoland University (BU) causing confusion among students regarding their semester examinations.  

Authorities said that as per an inspection, it was found that the BU did not fulfil certain criteria to be granted university status after which the decision was taken to de-affiliate 23 colleges from it and affiliate them with GU again.      

Ranjit Kumar Narzary, principal of Bengtal College in Bodo Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), which is one of the colleges to be affiliated back to GU said, “BU does not fulfil 12 (B) criteria as per the UGC Act 1956.”

12 (B) states that no grant shall be given to a university which is not declared fit to receive such grants.  

When Bodoland University was set up, it became an affiliating university and many colleges within its geographical area were de-affiliated from GU and were affiliated to BU, informed authorities.

BU has a different syllabus than GU and the students of these 23 colleges will now have to follow the syllabus of GU. The students are currently not being allowed to sit for the semester examinations at BU, said a source.    

The semester examinations which are usually scheduled in December will now be held during the third week of February or in March.     

The students will continue with GU from the next semester and will have to follow its syllabus.

A senior professor of GU told G Plus that they will have a tough time coping up because GU syllabus is relatively difficult.

She added that ever since the colleges have rejoined, the situation has become very chaotic.

“We will now have to set questions from their syllabus and the examinations will also be delayed,” she said.        

On the other hand, deputy director of the higher education department, Jayanta Thakuria, said that the state government does not have any say in the matter as the decision has been taken at the university level.

Several colleges being granted MA permission sans criteria

A source at GU informed on the condition of anonymity that many colleges nowadays now want to begin post graduate courses in various subjects without meeting due criteria and some of them are even being allowed to do so by the university.  

“There are certain benchmarks for meeting the criteria to start PG courses including that the college must have a certain number of teachers who have PhDs but most of these colleges do not meet that criterion.”

Teachers from GU conduct inspections and physically verify if the colleges meet the criteria for MA courses.

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