This year, DHE shuts doors of two verification centres at girls colleges for boys

Indore: In the fallout of eve- teasing incidents took place during document verification process on government college campuses last year, male students lose two verification centres to their female counterparts.

This year, the Department of High Education ( DHE) that is conducting centralized online admission counseling has instructed Government Girls Degree College and Old Girls Degree Colleges, which are among seven verification centres here, to return boys coming to their campuses for verification of documents.

The decision has reduced the number of centres for boys to five. But girls can get their documents verified in all the 7 centres.

“ The decision was taken in the wake of complaints that boys when come to girls’ colleges for verification tease girls,” an officer in the DHE told Free Press.

The DHE has set up centres at seven government colleges here, including two girls’ colleges, for verification of documents of students participating in online admission process.

After registering for online counseling, the students need to get their academic documents such as mark- sheets and degrees certified at these verification centres.

Due to limited number of centres in the city, the students had to queue up for hours and sometimes even for days on college campuses for verification of documents.

Citing hardship, the students had demanded increase in centres in the city but to no avail. In fact, the government closed two centres for the boys.

In session 2012- 13, all the seven centres were opened for both boys and girls. But this session, the DHE has not permitted the boys to go to girls colleges for verification of documents.

Indore division Additional Director Dr Narendra Dhakad said that the boys need not have to be disheartened by the DHE’s decision as they still have five centres for getting their documents verified. These centres are: Government Arts and Commerce College ( GACC), Government Holkar Science College, Government New Science College, Government Law College and Government Sanskrit College.

The male students did not see as positively as the AD says. Rather they cried foul over the DHE’s decision of providing more centres to girls than boys. “ It’s nothing but inequality. The girls have seven centres against five for boys.

Besides, four of the five centres for boys— GACC, Holkar College, New Science College and Law College are located in Bhawarkuna area. Sanskrit College is at Rambagh,” Sankit Jain, who resides on Dhar Road said.

Another student Abhay Verma said: “ For students in the eastern division of the city, all the abovementioned centres are at a long distance. For them, New GDC and Old GDC centres are nearer but… someone has to pay for ills of eve- teasing. And that someone always has to be a boy.”

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