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Two arts colleges head for closure,students up in arms

Due to rising debt and the state government’s “apathy”,the management of the Bharatiya Kala Prasarini Sabha is planning to down the shutters on their two colleges,Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay in Pashan and Tilak Road,in a phase-wise manner.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 16, 2012 1:05:13 am

Due to rising debt and the state government’s “apathy”,the management of the Bharatiya Kala Prasarini Sabha is planning to down the shutters on their two colleges,Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay in Pashan and Tilak Road,in a phase-wise manner. The college,which receives 90 per cent grant from the government,has been asking the government to give them 100 per cent grant,to which the government has been “turning a deaf ear”.

Close to 1,500 students and 125 teaching and non-teaching staff are part of the two colleges which offer a four-year diploma in applied arts. Trust secretary Bhalchandra Pathak said,“We are given a 90 per cent grant by the state government. Since our annual fee is nominal,it is difficult for us to bear the burden of the 10 per cent,which comes to Rs 20 lakh. We have been asking the government to give us 100 per cent grant,but the government has been saying it is not possible because they don’t have money to support us.”

Adding to their list of woes,Pathak said the condition at their Pashan campus was such that it was difficult for them to continue classes there. “For the last few years,we have been asking the government to give us money for repairing the building,which is in such a state of disrepair that an accident can happen anytime. Therefore,we are planning to close that campus this year. The Tilak Road campus is in a relatively better condition but if our debt keeps growing,we will shut it in the next three years,” added Pathak.

However,the students have a different story to tell. “The secretary of the trust has been saying the college is in a dilapidated condition. However,it is not so. We can still continue to hold classes there. If the trust suddenly decides to close the colleges,where will the students and staff go,” asks Sagar Kumbhar,a fourth-year student.

Purvesh Chavan,another student,said,“We have been studying in the college for the last three years and the only problem we have seen here are broken windows. We cannot understand why the secretary wants to close a college because of that. However,if he does,the students will have to start the course from scratch,which is unfair.”

Manisha Dharne,city president of Bharati Vidyarthi Sena,said,“The internal politics at the institute has affected the quality of education at the college. However,we recently met the Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope who assured us that the college would not be closed. We have urged government to appoint an administrator so that students and teachers do not become victims of internal politics.”

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