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Debate rages over Guwahati cotton college
Published on 2 Sep. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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The 108-year-old Cotton College has hit the headlines once again in Assam and for reasons other than excellence in academics. After this premier higher educational institution was in the storm over the authorities’ decision to demolish two of its boys hostels just a month back, this time, it is in the centre of a raging debate again for alleged irregular classes. A local news channel had aired a report claiming that attendance of teachers in classes in several departments was very low and students were left waiting for teachers, who never turned up. The College has 22 departments, offering higher secondary courses to post-graduate level, with student intake of about 5,000. According to UNI report, angered over the news channels broadcast of a one-sided story, the College teachers association had yesterday organized a protest meeting. A private news channel has tried to tarnish the image of an entire College rather than contributing positively for its growth. We accept there are shortcomings in the College but we shouldnt expect a utopian situation in Cotton College,’’ Sitanath Lakhar, president of the teachers association, said. ‘’Few teachers are at times negligent and we have our mechanism to deal with them. But it should not give out the impression that there is complete disarray in the College,’’ he added. The students union, however, refrained from commenting on the issue, though students did admit that the fault was more with some teachers rather than the entire College. With the states emotions deeply linked with this College, a public outrage had erupted when the authorities had decided to demolish two boys hostels and erect multi-storied structures to accommodate more students. The state government had to finally intervene and stayed the demolition till a plan was worked out to preserve at least a part of the old hostels.

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