Blame local consultancies, authorities; ask police to investigate
SRINAGAR: A number of students from Kashmir have been duped by colleges outside the state, by showing them door a year or more after admissions, Private Schools Association J&K (PSAJK) alleged Friday.
At a press conference in Srinagar, President PSAJK, G N Var said that at least five students from the valley who had taken admissions at ‘Swami Devi Dayal Group of Professional Institutions’ in Panchkula Haryana in 2016 have been told that their admissions “did not stand” at the institution.
“They have already appeared in many semesters, but the university tells them after more than a year that their forms had not been accepted,” Var said.
The Association termed it as brewing up of a major crisis in education sector in which some local consultants and outside colleges are actively involved and asked state police to investigate the matter. The Associations said that number of students who qualify 10+2 from their schools and go for outside admission have been cheated.
“What happens that a colleges puts up an advertisement or through local consultant counsels a student that a particular A, B or C college is great and makes the student to take admission in it,” said Var. “To make more money the college usually takes admissions beyond its intake capacity. And at the time of examinations the colleges tells the students that their examination form was rejected or couldn’t be filled or some other reason, so your admission stands cancelled. At times they give partial fee back and send the student back.”
Besides keeping the students in dark and canceling their admissions at the university, Var said that the colleges had not refunded the students the entire amount paid for admissions.
“This is happening for the last many years not only during the last one year,” Var claimed.
“A similar case had surfaced in 2009, but even after an FIR had been lodged in the case, the offenders were not arrested. It was established that the unrecognized colleges had extracted 1.5 crore from the students,” he said.
“The number of such victimized students is increasing every day and future of hundreds of such students is getting ruined. It is the right time to highlight this issue as the admissions to colleges outside the state are currently going on. The government is not doing anything over the racket going on in the state,” Var said.
He said that the students had no option other than going outside as “the capacity in the colleges in the state is less, so the large number of students who have no option are becoming soft targets for the consultancies.”
He said that there was no registration of the consultancies by the government.
“The government is not keeping any scanner and supervision and this is a big racket going on”.
“We took up the matter with the authorities in the state, but there was no response. They said they would register the consultants, but that did not happen either. We have given many proposals to the government to set up such private colleges in the state, but the education sector is not allowed to flourish in the state under a conspiracy,” Var alleged.
“If the government does not act, it can become a serious issue, and all the stakeholders will have to come forward to make it a mass movement,” he said.
The aggrieved students who were present at the press conference said that their career was at stake due to the colleges’ negligence.
Shahid Majid from Pampore who took admission at the Haryana college for B.Tech course said that the college told him last year that he was not admitted there.
“They allowed us for exams of two semesters, but only after a year and half, they told us that they had not registered us to the college,” he said.
The college, he said has refunded him only 70,000 rupees out of 1,50,000 he had paid.
“Earlier, they assured us that our admissions were safe and sound, but our results did not come after a year and they at last told us that our admissions did not stand at the college. They told us that our admission had not been regularised. The consultant who got us admitted at the college later on refused to even have met us,” Shahid added.
Shahid, who would have been about to end his course, at the college, has lost precious time of his career and has now taken admission at S P college this year.
Similarly, another student alleged, “They even issued admit cards to us for the semester examinations, but later on told us that our admission did not stand at the college. We came to know only after a year that we were not registered by the college”.
Mother of one of the students, said that they had been deceived by the college although they sent their son “to study in a peaceful atmosphere”.
Besides Shahid, the PSAJK identified the victimized students as Waqas Javid of Pampore, Mohsin Basharat of Soura, Malik Idrees Masood of Handwara and Yawar Abbas ofPulwama.