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JU denies higher education to rural students

Jammu, September 30:  On contrary to Directorate of Distance Education’s (DDE) big claims of providing good education at all the corners of state, the students of rural areas are complaining of DDE’s biased attitude towards them. As per these students, they are being deprived of their right to obtain higher education by Directorate of Distance Education of Jammu University.

As per reported in a local daily newspaper, according to recent notification issued by DDE, only those students who either have completed graduation under 10+2+3 pattern with English literature as an elective subject or in any other stream marks more than 60 percent will be eligible to pursue post graduation in different stream like English, Hindi, Urdu, Sociology and Commerce in distance mode.

A professor of Jammu University has told this new paper that DDE has passed these new guidelines without any consent from authorities at Jammu University and most students belonging to rural areas as well as weak section of the society are being deprived of the higher education because of this. Also, the department is increasing fee in every passing year due to which it is falling out of the reach of these students from rural areas.

“I have passed by graduation with 59% marks in social science stream which is a decent score. I wanted to continue but I was denied admission at DDE just because my score lacked one percent which is mean. DDE was the only hope of students like me to obtain higher education but now applying fixed score eligibility criteria here also has closed all doors for us”, said Meenu Sharma.

She added that this lackadaisical approach of JU towards marginalized rural students is spoiling the future of rural students. Now only elite section has got access to higher education here at Jammu University.

On the other hand, the newspaper repeatedly tried to contact Director of Distance Education, Vijay Dev Singh but he was not available for comments.

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