Plus III Admission ‘Irregularities’: SVM College Ex-Students Get Original Registration Numbers

Jagatsinghpur: The prolonged wait of as many as 121 former students of SVM College in Jagatsinghpur is finally over after they were reportedly issued original registration numbers by the college authorities.

The students who had been agitating since a long time alleging that they have been issued fake registration numbers by the college authorities have received the original registration numbers after a probe by a committee formed by the State higher education department.

“I am a 2015-18 batch Plus III student of SVM College. The registration numbers which were allotted in our certificates were fake ones. We had earlier staged protest in front of the college to get original registration numbers. After a prolonged fight for two years, we finally received the original registration numbers. Now, we can claim that we are the students of this college,” said Ragini Jagyaseni, a student.

College Principal Nitarani Kar said, “We received the registration numbers of 121 former students on February 15 and subsequently inform them to collect it from us. Two-three other students said they do not want the registration number now.”

She said that the salary of a lecturer of the commerce department, Dhiren Mohanty involved in the irregularities has been withheld while two data entry operators of the college have been dismissed from service.

As per the allegations, the college had enrolled more students than the fixed limit in 2015-16. Later, it allegedly issued fake registration numbers to the students to appear for the examination. However, when some students went to Utkal University for migration certificates, officials there told them that the issued registration numbers were fake.

In October last year, the students had staged dharna demanding original registration numbers. The agitators had alleged that the authorities had issued fake certificates to them due to which they were unable to pursue higher studies. Subsequently, a three-member team of the higher education department conducted a probe into the alleged irregularities and submitted report.