Vasavi Students Barred from Exams, Inter Board Bungles

Hyderabad: Is there something more to it than meets the eye in the Telangana State Intermediate Board not recognizing a junior college in the city as a result of which 258 first year students of the institution were denied hall tickets and thus barred them from writing the examinations, which commenced throughout the State in 1,291 centers on Wednesday.

As many as 258 first year students of Vasavi Junior College, situated in Vanasthalipuram, were denied hall-tickets for writing the First Year Intermediate Exams as the college was not recognized by the Telangana Intermediate Board. Thus the first year students of the college lost one academic year though the Board authorities assured the agitated parents and students that they could appear for the advanced supplementary exams before the commencement of admissions for the academic year.

Meanwhile, the fate of the Second Year students of the college is seeped in suspense as their exams would commence from Thursday. The worried students and their parents are keeping their fingers crossed that there wona��t be a hitch for them to write the exams tomorrow. However, the million dollar question is when the college was not recognized by the Board of Intermediate Education and denied opportunity for the First Year Students to appear for the exams, will the Second Year students be allowed to write the exams starting from Thursday.

When the First Year students and their parents agitated before the college for denying them from writing the exams today, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, who is also the Minister for Education, was shocked and concerned over the issue and directed the officials to take stern actionA� against the management of Vasavi JuniorA� College. Accordingly, a case was filed against the college management for allegedly cheating the students. However, the management of the college, in a shocking revelation, alleged that the concerned officials of the BIE had demanded Rs 5 lakh for according recognition and when the college failed to pay the amount, recognition was denied.

Whether the allegations of the management of the college holds water or not, one fails to understand as to how the authorities concerned remained silent and allowed the college to function till the commencement of the exams and put the academic careers of hundreds of students in jeopardy. Thus it only goes to prove that all is not well in the functioning of the Intermediate Education Board and needs a thorough investigation to plug the loopholes and prevent hapless students from being taken for a ride. (NSS)

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