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Vidya Ashram board meet with parents turns chaotic
Source: Star of Mysore
PU College accused of violating norms; DDPU to submit report to Government.

Caption: Chaos at the meeting between Vidhya Ashram management and parents of the students.

Mysore, June 17 (HT&KMC)- Following allegations against the management of Vidhya Ashram PU College of fleecing students in the name of fees, donations and failing the First PU students who failed to pay the `bribe,` a meeting of the students` parents, College Administrative Board members and students was held at the Institution of Engineers on JLB Road in city yesterday

Deputy Director of PU Education Krishnaiah and members of various organisations participated in the meeting.

Members of several organisations demanded that the college be closed down instead of allowing the management members to cheat the students and put their future in jeopardy.

The meeting turned into a chaotic war of words between the parents and the management. The timely intervention of Police avoided untoward incidents.

The parents alleged that though some students had failed in first PU, they were admitted to second PU after collecting money from their parents, some students who lacked the required percentage of attendance were allowed to appear for the exams after collecting Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 from each of them and many students were deliberately failed to extort money from them.

College Founder clarifies

College Founder Rakesh Sh-arma, refuting the allegations, said the college administration was being done in a transparent manner and no norms were flouted.

"In order to obtain hall ticket for the exam, students must produce a No-due Certificate from the Administrative Office to ensure that all fees are paid. If not, they will have to pay penalty for delay and obtain receipts for the same," said Sharma, pointing out that the same rules were followed in other educational institutions too.

"Even the evaluation of answer-scripts was done in a transparent manner; yet revaluation was done following pressure from the parents and the DDPU," he added.

Report to govt.

When some NGOs demanded that the college be closed down, parents of students objected saying it would not serve any purpose as their wards admitted to the college will face a dilemma.

Finally, DDPU Krishnaiah announced that he would submit a report to the government about the "college being run flouting the stipulated norms" and await further instructions.

He also assured of making alternative arrangements for the students in other PU colleges and have the management repay the sums collected as fees and donations. Rakesh Sharma is said to have agreed to this proposal.

All fail in revaluation

Not even a single student passed out of the 23 whose answer-scripts were revaluated, according to Vidhya Ashram PU College Principal Sujatha Vasudev.

"A total of 148 students took up the first PU exam, of which 118 have passed. The other 30 who failed, appeared for the supplementary exam held in May. Among them 7 passed and 23 failed," she said, stating that the parents` allegations that they were deliberately failed, was baseless.
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