RAJSHAHI, July 28 (UNB): When reputed urban colleges are grappling with the onrush of admission seekers following a GPA-5 boom in this year's SSC examinations, authorities of rural colleges are tempting students with largesse to get admitted into their institutions.
Although this paradoxical situation is common all over the country, there are reportedly some instances in Rajshahi of buying certificates from the SSC passed students by college authorities to get them admitted into their low-performing institutions.
This desperate move stems from fears about loss of MPOs (monthly payment orders) in case they failed to get adequate numbers of students.
Officials at the Rajshahi Education Board said 130,967 students had sat for this year's SSC examinations from science, humanities and commerce groups under the board.
On the other hand, according to the education ministry, the number of seats in 1,446 colleges under Rajshahi Board is 515,700. But the number of seats in good colleges is too inadequate to take in all the students with brilliant results.
The four top-grade colleges in the city-New Government Degree College, Government City College, Government Women's College and Residential Model College-have merely 2,900 seats.
On the contrary, the rest 1,442 colleges, mostly in rural areas, with their 512,800 seats are in tussles with one another for getting the rest of the 128,067 students, including 3,600 GPA-5 holders. As such, a total of some 384,733 seats may remain vacant after the admission in those nondescript colleges.
Fearing the danger, many rural colleges sense a risk of losing the golden goose, that is, monthly payment of salary of teachers-stuff from government coffers under the MPO due to lack of requisite number of fresh students in the 2006-2007 session.
In the district, parents are knocking at the doors of urban colleges with a hope for better academic career of their children.
"In a just reverse scene, teachers of the rural colleges have started door-to-door hunt at the houses of parents to catch students to save their colleges as well as their livelihoods," said many a teacher in the race.
Sources said such teachers have taken recourse to various devices to collect students. They are being offered educational tools for free, transport facilities and scholarships.
A most worrying matter is that some colleges were learnt to be offering students 'facility' during examinations if they took admission in their institutions.