Staff Reporter

“Continue in the institution or to get enrolled in colleges where vacancies exist”

TIRUCHI: Bharathidasan University has provided the 62 MCA students of Nehru Memorial College (NMC) with two options: either to continue in the institution under the concurrent provision with a promise that the mention of ‘Centre for Distance Education’ would be avoided in their consolidated mark sheet, or to get themselves enrolled as regular students in those colleges where vacancies existed.

The students, who have asked for a week’s time to decide on the university’s response, are not inclined to accept either of these options, reasoning that having made a conscious choice of the college for pursuing the programme through the TANCET counselling, they ought to be treated as regular students without relocation.

Students’ representatives told presspersons on Thursday that the university’s stand was tantamount to denial of justice. “Why should we be subjected to the ignominy of studying in institutions where seats had fallen vacant because none had chosen them for obvious reasons?” was the common refrain.

They were not happy with the “harsh” treatment at the university where they were invited for a solution following the intervention of the district administration and police department.

Charging the NMC authorities with admitting them as regular students first on August 28 and then reducing their status to that of distance education students by way of making them fill another application on November 6 as a “matter of formality”, they said they would not settle for anything lesser than fulfilment of the college’s obligation to the TANCET process.

Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko ruled out any possibility of the students continuing as regular students since that decision vested with the AICTE. There is nothing else that the university could do beyond providing the two options, said Prof. Ponnavaikko, adding that the priority now was to ensure that students who have come through the TANCET counselling do not waste an year. Admitting that the college had not kept its promise of conducting MCA as a concurrent programme, he said that the university viewed it as a serious issue.