Tresspassing into a house in Rajpura area on the outskirts of old Jammu city,two educationists running ETT (Elementary Teachers Training) Colleges today climbed a telecom tower to protest over the failure of state government conduct ETT exams for the last three years.
Identified as Rakesh Pant of Salerh and Bhanu Partap Singh of Burnai,both have been running ETT colleges in their respective areas. Demanding Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who also holds education portfolio to visit them to listen to their grievances,both threatened police to commit suicide in case of any attempt to forcibly bring them down the tower.
Rakesh Pant alleged that the State Board of School Education (BOSE),by not holding ETT exams for the last three years had been playing with the career of nearly 27,000 students,who had come from different parts of the country and taken admission across Jammu province. Accusing vested interests in BOSE behind the delay in holding of exams,he said that it had conducted the exams of 2008 and 2009 batches after a delay of three to four years.
The heads of all the private ETT Colleges across Jammu province had been holding a sit in inside the BOSE for the last one month over the issue,but of no avail. “We tried to contact even the Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand who holds the education portfolio over half a dozen times,but after having failed to get an audience with him we were left with no option to take this extreme step,” Pant alleged.
Meanwhile,according to police,both the youth scaled the boundary wall of a house and started climbing on the telecom tower installed there.
While no male member was present in the house,one of the females there spotted both and asked them as to how they have entered her premises. However,before she could realize anything,both climbed the tower and started threatening to commit suicide if authorities did not decide to hold the ETT exams.
Senior police officers along with fire brigade personnel were trying to persuade them come down from the tower,but of no avail.