A meeting was held between Commissioner and Secretary, Horticulture, government of Nagaland, Sentiyanger and members of Horticulture Graduate Association of Nagaland (HGAN) on August 26 at civil secretariat and thereafter with director, Rongsentemjen Jamir and joint director Watienla Jamir (department of Horticulture, Nagaland) at director’s chamber.
According to a press communiqué issued by general secretary, Horticulture Graduate Association of Nagaland, M. Murry, president, Horticulture Graduate Association of Nagaland, T. Kichu, and district statistical officer, Kiphire, Aotemjen Jamir, during the meeting, a memo was submitted to commissioner as well as director, horticulture for creation of sub-divisional horticulture officer (SDHO) post in every sub-division and the created post to be filled through fresh interview.
For any gazette post, the memo stated that only horticulture graduates, nominated through state JEE should be eligible. At the meeting, members of horticulture graduate association shared their grievances that after obtaining degree in horticulture their opportunities to join horticulture department were hampered because agriculture graduates were also allowed to join the department. For this, the association expressed at length and explained how horticulture was different in terms of course content and developments in other advanced states in India.
With graduates increasing every year, union emphasized that in recruitment of any gazette post minimum educational qualification should be B.Sc. horticulture, as horticulture itself was a separate discipline.