When the Punjab government started dairy sciences and fisheries colleges at GADVASU, amidst much fanfare in 2008, students were promised jobs at the state-run MILKFED and the fisheries department.
Three years on, however,more than 100 students of these colleges remain unemployed despite MILKFED yet to fill up 3,323 vacant posts. Students say that authorities at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) in Ludhiana have also not made any efforts to get them any kind of employment.
On Wednesday, these students after wait of two years came out in the open against GADVASU and the state government demanding that the promises be fulfilled.
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The students from the Fisheries College had met Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike a few days back demanding jobs in fisheries department but say they received a shocking reply.
“The minister was not even aware that the college exists; we feel cheated. When the college was started in 2008, we were told about the excellent scope of this 4-year degree in fisheries and jobs in state-run fisheries department.
Today its been more than 2 years that 2 batches have passed out and we are unemployed,” said a graduate of the four-year Bachelors degree in Fisheries Sciences.
It’s a similar story for more than 90 students of Bachelors in Dairy Sciences and Technology course, who had been lured with the promise of jobs in MILKFED. “We were told that Verka needs skilled labor. Now, neither Verka nor any other company has been called for placement,” said a student.
“We have done a fouryear degree and as per MILKFED qualification rules, a student with a one-year diploma in dairy sciences is equally qualified for the posts. Before admission we were told that students with degrees will be given preference.
As per RTI information,more than 3,000 posts are lying vacant in MILKFED but we are not being recruited,” added a student from the dairy sciences college.
Till a few months back,the degree of fisheries sciences being offered by GADVASU was not even recognised by the state’s fisheries department, says Asha Dhawan, dean, College Of Fisheries.
“We have got the degree registered and hopefully from next time students will be eligible for the jobs in fisheries department,” she added.
Dr S P S Sangha, dean at the College of Dairy Sciences and Technology, said GADVASU is helpless as MILKFED has not kept its promise.
“Firstly, they have downplayed the degrees of our students by placing them at par with diploma holders from IGNOU.
Secondly, they are not even filling their vacant posts while in 2008 when college started they promised that our students will be given priority.
We are helpless,” he told The Indian Express.