Former B Ed students of Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) who received their degrees between 1996 and 2000 have decided to come under one umbrella to protest against a the Calcutta High Court verdict that said such degrees awarded by RBU during that period were not valid. Around 600 students have been affected by the HC order that came on Wednesday.
The students who did their BEd from RBU and are now teaching in schools say their future is at stake. Till now,they have been enjoying special financial benefits like extra increment annually as do BEd-qualified teachers. Now,they fear the extra increment they got might have to be returned to the government.
Paramita De completed her BEd from RBU in 1997-98 and has been working in a secondary school at Canning for the past three years after clearing the SSC. What about my future? I am a B Ed-qualified teacher and have enjoyed special increments for the last two years. Now I will be treated as a non-Bed, Paramita told The Indian Express.
She said the former students of RBU should come under one umbrella for filing a petition in a higher court against the actions of RBU.
Rupan Chakraborty,who secured his BEd degree in 1998-99,will appear in the SSC examination this year. He is stunned to learn after nine years that his BEd degree is invalid. We will raise our voice against the RBU, he said adding that the former students are trying to gather in the RBU campus on January 27 for protest.
When contacted,RBU registrar Dr Tapati Mukherjee said: We are waiting for a copy of the courts order. Nothing can be said right now.
The HC order came on a petition filed by Durba Sanyal Bhattacharya,a school teacher,who had challenged the decision of the SSC to debar her from appearing in the examination in March 2008 for the post of headmistress of a secondary school in the state. The SSC had said she had obtained her BEd degree from the RBU during that period and so it was not valid.