September 30, 2020

MU students in Patna, Nalanda in a fix

Patna: Uncertainty looms large over the fate of students studying at Magadh University colleges in Patna and Nalanda, as they don’t know whether they would be shifted to the newly carved Patliputra University or they would remain with Magadh University.

Sources said the administrations of the two universities are not sure what to do with the undergraduate and postgraduate students.

According to the education department notification, the newly carved Patliputra University will comprise colleges in Patna (except Patna University colleges) and in Nalanda. However, the education department notification doesn’t say anything about students studying in Magadh University colleges in Patna and Nalanda.

A senior official with Patliputra University said: “The education department on April 13 has convened a meeting with the VCs and officials of Magadh University and Patliputra University. The university officials and education department officials will discuss what to do with the students already studying at the MU colleges.”

The official added: “The Patliputra University has decided to take fresh admission of students for Intermediate and first-year undergraduate courses, but the university is yet to decide on the promotion of undergraduate first-year students or postgraduate students.”

The uncertainty has led to a stressful atmosphere among students. This has also led to delay in issuing admission notice for undergraduate courses. Sunil Raj, a second-year economics student at AN College, said: “We have come to know from college teachers about the uncertainty. We are tensed because initially we thought we would be shifted to Patliputra University, but now our teachers are saying that only new students will be admitted to Patliputra University.”

Economics student Kumar Pushkar said: “If we are not shifted to the new university (read Patliputra University) there is no logic of creating a separate university.”

According to the notification, the new Patliputra University will have some of the best colleges, including AN College, College of Commerce, Arts and Science, JD Women’s College, Arvind Mahila College and others. AN College and College of Commerce, Arts and Science are Naac accredited A-grade colleges.

The Patliputra University will comprise more than 125 colleges consisting of 25 constituent colleges, 70 affiliated, two government, two engineering, dozens of pharmacy colleges and others.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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