Saturday, April 1, 2023

ANCSU serves one-month deadline on state govt to address issues

All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU), has served one-month deadline on the government to address several issues raised by it such as– shortage of teachers, scholarship and boundary fencing and re-allocation of land at Kohima Science Collge, Jotsoma.
Shortage of teachers: ANCSU in a representation signed by its president Toito D Chishi and general secretary Tenyesinlo Bukh said it was amazed with the lackadaisical attitude of the Higher Education department in addressing shortage of teachers in government colleges. ANCSU said the introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and New Education Policy (NEP) resulted in requirement of more teaching faculty. However, it said despite government colleges having regular teachers and 160 contractual teachers, there was still a requirement of over 250 teachers for 15 government colleges.
It pointed out that the state government is aware about several issues on teachers and therefore asked the Higher Education department and the state government to address the issue of contractual teachers within one month. It has also demanded that the government put an end to random contractual engagements, except on exigency. Further, the union asked the government to create necessary post/recruitment without further delay so as to address the shortage of teachers which has been directly affecting the students.
Salary: ANCUS also highlighted the issue of non-payment of salary to some contractual teachers since the past four months. It therefore asked the department and the government to immediately do the needful since continuance of such unnecessary harassment would eventually impact the teaching atmosphere.
Scholarship: While appreciating the government for heeding to its demand to set up the Common Scholarship Nodal Cell, ANCU, however, said that some departments were unwilling to provide scholarship details in thecommon portal. It demanded to know the reason for the unwillingness in providing details of the scholarship schemes.
ANCUS reminded that there were around 18 scholarship schemes available under 13 departments and so demanded that the departments provide necessary details to the common scholarship portal within one month and failing which, it would be compelled to act in a befitting manner.
Apart from the portal, ANCUS also urged the government to set up a proper cell with responsible officers and staffs in order to ensure transparent and proper disbursement of various scholarship schemes.
KSCJ land issue: ANCSU also raised the issue of boundary fencing and re-allocation of land at Kohima Science College (Autonomous) Jotsoma (KSCJ).
While noting that the state government has taken up certain measures in settling the land issue, it however added that despite assurance and commitment made by the committee set up by the government, the re-allocation of required portion of land and boundary fence construction was yet to see the light of the day.
It said that though the proposal for construction of boundary fence was recommended by the then deputy commissioner Kohima, the Higher Education department and the state government was adamant in taking up necessary arrangements.
ANCSU, therefore, cautioned the government to not take the issue lightly but to fulfil its commitment to construct the boundary fence and re-allocation of land (occupied) within one month, failing which, would only invite “confrontations.”
ANCSU admitted that these issues require time to be resolved but reminded that these have been brought to the government’s notice on several occasions in the past five years.
The union therefore maintained that there was no genuine reason as to why solving the demands would take more than a month time, after these many years.
ANCSU expressed the hope that the government would take up the issues on priority “to avoid academic recession and educational turbulence.”


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