Patna: Girls' College Students Protest Over PG Courses For Boys

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Students of JD women's college in Patna blocked the Bailey Road adjacent to their college campus, against the university's decision to admit male students in PG

Written By Prakash Singh | Mumbai | Updated On:

Students of JD women's college in Patna on Monday blocked the Bailey Road adjacent to their college campus, against the university's decision to admit male students in the postgraduation courses from this academic session. On October 15, Patliputra University issued a notice to JD Women's College Principal, to make necessary arrangements to commence 11 postgraduate programmes of the university on the third floor of the Arts faculty of the JD Women's College. With this decision of the university, the students of JD Women's College felt that it was an unnecessary breach of privacy within the campus of the college meant for girls. In retaliation, more than 200 students of the college blocked the roads and disrupted traffic services.

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Female students have safety concerns

Sony Tiwary, a student of the college said that "It's a college meant for girls than why should a PG programme for boys start on this campus, our parents will also feel bad. With the admission boys in the college campus, we fear that harassment would start and we will not be safe." Another student Shail Singh said that "Girls' college should remain a girls' college If at all a programme for boys has to be started than first the name women's should be changed."

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor alleges vested interest behind protest

After the protest of the student of JD Women's College, the university administration took a decision to call off the PG programmes meant for both boys and girls. Girish Kumar Chowdhary, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Patliputra University said that "We have cancelled the PG programme after the protest. Ever since the university came into inception one and half years ago, we are still struggling for basic infrastructure. Our aim was to start postgraduate programmes for both boys and girls in the JD women's college campus, with a separate entrance for the students and no intervention at all with the campus of the girls college. But some political organisation supported the move of the girls for their vested interest to gain votes in university elections .construction of the university building is in process, and for the time being, we wanted to use the vacant space.  But the students protested. Ultimately it's a loss for the students. We can't help it".

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