Indore : Five days ahead of voting in government colleges across the state on ongoing semester system, the ABVP here on Monday said that the state government’s decision of taking referendum only from government college students is injustice to their private college counterparts.

“The decision on the fate of the semester system will affect private college students as well so the government’s decision of taking mandate from students of government colleges only is wrong and biased. We condemn the decision and request the government to give private college students also a chance to vote on the crucial matter,” ABVP state secretary Rohin Rai told reporters.

It is to be noted that the Department of Higher Education (DHE) is mulling over continuation of the semester system in higher education and it will take a mandate from government college students on September 29.

Introduced in 2008, the semester system had gone off the track with its launch. The DHE, state universities and colleges, all tried a lot to bring it on the track but to no avail.

In last six years, no student could get away with his degree promised in the stipulated course duration. Courses of most of the students stretched by months and of some by years. The worst-affected remained students of BAMS, BHMS and BPT. They would always make beeline for the university informing officers that their course are running way behind the schedule and literally pleading them to conduct exams for them.

Higher education minister Umashankar Gupta took a note of all this and he reportedly instructed officers of DHE to reconsider on continuing semester system. Going by his orders, the DHE has decided to take a referendum on semester system.

The feedback of the students would be kept in the coordination committee of higher education chaired by Chancellor of the state universities, said sources.

Before 2008 the exams in colleges used to be conducted on annual pattern. But with the University Grants Commission pushing for the six monthly exam pattern, the state government implemented the semester system in the state colleges.

It’s said that semester system is much efficient system for students pursing higher education and it’s recognised worldwide. When implemented in the state, the exam conducting bodies i.e. universities were not ready for it as they lacked staff and machinery to run the semester system.

But the government still imposed it. And when it derailed with the launch, the government solely left it onto the universities to bring it on track. The universities with limited hands and resources did their bit but the system still continues to remain off the track. And now, the same government is thinking of abolishing the semester system.

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