Discriminaton alleged at BU PG counselling

Lower rank allotted due to error; selection to desired college denied
Last Updated 23 September 2009, 19:56 IST

Sameena Taj, who attended the ongoing post-graduate counselling at the University’s Central college on Wednesday, accused the university officials of bias and insolence.
Sameena said that the officials discarded her original rank and later allotted a lower rank, on the pretext of a technical error. “I had originally secured the 234th rank for Bio-chemistry but they later lowered it to 261 and termed the earlier rank, an error,” she said.

Seat denied
Further, she said that officials insulted her after realising the community that she belonged to. “An official asked me for my name and realising the community I came from, he asked me to stand while others were sitting,” she alleged. Sameena added that while another student stood up thinking it was the procedure, the official asked the student to sit before turning back in her direction and mocking her.

She also alleged that she was denied a seat, which was rightfully hers and allotted to another student. “I wanted a seat in Bio-chemistry at Maharani’s college and the screen said that there were seats available. However, when I asked for the seat the officials informed me that the seats were all occupied,” she said.

Sameena’s father Mohammed Iqbal, a Joint- Director at the Department of Minorities Welfare said that he immediately spoke to the registrar in-charge of the University who asked him to get in touch with a nodal officer in-charge of the department. Meanwhile, officials at the University said that they were unaware of the incident but there were a few errors in ranks which had to be corrected.

Dr K Eresi, the admission co-ordinator for the counselling pleaded ignorance and said that it is unlikely that University officials behaved like that. “If such an incident has occurred the party can make a written complaint to the registrar and the University will take action,” he said. Eresi also added irregularity in seat allocation, if any, would be corrected if the party concerned approached the grievances committee.

Counselling schedule
The Bangalore University has announced the counselling schedule for post-graduate courses in arts subjects. The counselling will commence on September 25. The morning session on day one will commence at 8 am and will go on till 2 pm for ranks 1 to 25. Counselling in the afternoon session will be for ranks 26 to 50. Counselling for lower ranks will continue on September 26 and 29.
The University will notify the counselling schedule for commerce on September 29.

(Published 23 September 2009, 19:56 IST)

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