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Cash for seat row continues to rock West Bengal
TheTrinamool Congress Government were left with more eggs on their face as cash for seat row continued to plague Bengal higher education system despite Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “stern warning” to the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad leaders of “expulsion” from the party “if found running admission rackets.”
Apparently encouraged by the success of Jadavpur University students in thwarting “blatant” Government intervention in campus autonomy, plus-2 pass-outs who failed to get admissions in under graduate courses staged protest at various colleges in Kolkata.
Students protested at Andrews College in Howrah complaining extortion by the TMCP leaders. “Not only have they taken money from us but have simply disappeared after the transaction leaving us in the lurch. Even after greasing their palm the college is now telling that it has no vacant seats. Where will we go now,” complained students who blocked roads after one of them tried to commit suicide.
Students protested at Garia, Sonarpur and other places after another student committed suicide failing to find a seat which had been “sold” to less meritorious candidates. “They are charging anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 1 lakh depending upon the subject. While Maths honours seats are being sold for Rs 80,000- one lakh the rate for English,
Geography, Physics and Economics honours vary from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000,” aggrieved students complained saying “even if you have scored more than 80 percent marks you will not get a chance in Political Science or English.”
Incidentally the Chief Minister had earlier warned her party men not to squeeze parents seeking admission for their wards. The Opposition however took her warning with a pinch of salt saying “she has an old habit of running with the hare and hunting with the hound.”
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