This post has been self-published on Youth Ki Awaaz by Pankaj kohli. Just like them, anyone can publish on Youth Ki Awaaz.

“My College & University Are Fighting Each Other, Students Are Suffering”

I am a student of BFIT college, affiliated to the HNBGU (Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University), one of the most renowned universities in Uttarakhand. I have not yet received my final semester marks. They were supposed to be out by September.

I am writing this piece to highlight an issue students like me have been struggling with. My college and university are in combat with each other, due to which we are suffering.

 CBSE college students protest over the alleged paper leak, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Many Indian universities have ended up delaying conducting exams and declaring results, thereby infuriating students. Representational image. Photo credit:

My course: B.Sc (bachelor of science) in agriculture, is supposed to be a four-year-degree, but my university in collaboration with my college, is trying its best to make it a five-year-degree. I applied for a master’s degree in HNBGU and have been desperately waiting for its merit list.

The merit list was supposed to be out after the results of the last semester were declared. The university itself is responsible for the declaration of our results. But, surprisingly, the university released the merit list for the master’s degree, before the declaration of the bachelor’s degree’s result.

No Response From The Authorities Yet

Now, since my final year result is not out yet, I can’t qualify to be on the merit list. I have tried to reach out to the authorities for a dialogue, and enquire as to the reasons behind the delay, but there is no response.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Kavita Krishnan (@kavitakrishnan1)

I got to know through other sources that due to some administrative glitches, the results have been delayed. Apparently, BFIT made a mistake which was unacceptable to the HNBGU.

What could have been better is transparency in the communication process. My classmates and I still don’t have any information from the college about our results being delayed. We don’t have any answers to our questions. These questions haunt me at night. I am unable to sleep peacefully.

I am still not clear on when the results will be out. I think that by the time they will be out, it will be too late, because all universities’ admission process for master’s would be over by then. My batchmates and I will be stranded for a mistake we didn’t even commit.

University And College Are Playing The Blame Game

Both, the authorities of my college and university, are blaming each other. Meanwhile, my college mates and I are unable to pursue higher education. I am a public service aspirant and the vacancies for the same aren’t announced every year.

I wanted to fill the form for Uttarakhand’s PCS (provincial civil service), but I couldn’t. I have been preparing for this exam for the past year and a half, and I was so excited to finally have a shot at it. However, since the form had a column asking you to fill in the marks from your final year, I was unable to do anything.

I feel broken. This has caused me a lot of anxiety. On the other hand, my friends from other universities could apply for the same. The PCS exam is very crucial to me. Now, I will have to wait for another two to three years, maybe more, for the same opportunity.

My inability to fill the PCS form has left me with immense grief. Later, the form for AAO (assistant accounts officer) was released. I thought that maybe, life is giving me another opportunity. But, the last date to do the same was in November. So, I couldn’t fill it… yet again.

Students’ Future Plans Have Been Hindered

I understand the issues that the university and college might be facing, but my mental health has been heavily compromised. They have left me with no answers. And, I know I am not the only one.

One of my friends is the oldest son in his family, with an unstable financial situation. He wants to work and contribute to the family’s income, but he can’t because his qualifications are not allowing him to do so. Bear in mind that he deserves a job that a graduate can do.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Youth Ki Awaaz (@youthkiawaaz)

But, since he is not a graduate yet, he had to adjust and sign up for something else out of sheer helplessness. Another friend of mine cleared BHU’s (Banaras Hindu University) entrance exam, but to no avail. She can’t proceed with her application either.

It shows the sheer ignorance of both the institutions towards their students. The HNBGU has already started releasing merit lists. Now, the institution is restricting students who are affiliated to them from applying.

We Want Justice!

A surprising fact is that a lot of the other colleges who are affiliated to the HNBGU have already gotten their results. It is only the students of BFIT who are still suffering.

Even after several reminders, there is no update from the university. Students shouldn’t have to suffer due to administrative errors. That the HNBGU is well aware of the fact that they have not issued the results for BFIT, but have released the merit list for master’s, is an injustice to all its potential applicants.

I, therefore, would like to demand justice and a proper response on how and when will I graduate!

Featured image is for representational purposes only. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.
You must be to comment.

More from Pankaj kohli

Similar Posts

By Abhijeet

By Sofia Babu Chacko


    If you do not receive an email within the next 5 mins, please check your spam box or email us at

      If you do not receive an email within the next 5 mins, please check your spam box or email us at

        If you do not receive an email within the next 5 mins, please check your spam box or email us at

        Wondering what to write about?

        Here are some topics to get you started

        Share your details to download the report.

        We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

        Share your details to download the report.

        We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

        An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

        Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

        Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

        The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

        Read more about his campaign.

        Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

        Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

        Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

        Read more about her campaign.

        MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

        With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

        Read more about her campaign. 

        A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

        As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

        Find out more about the campaign here.

        A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

        She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

        Read more about the campaign here.

        A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

        The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

        Read more about the campaign here.

        A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

        As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

        Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

        Find out more about her campaign here.

        Share your details to download the report.

        We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

        A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

        A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

        Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

        A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
        biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

        Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
        campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

        Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below