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PGSUs submit memorandum to state governor
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Mar. 2010 6:59 PM IST
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Nagaland University post graduate students of Kohima, Medziphema and Dimapur campuses Thursday submitted a two-point memorandum to state governor, pleading for immediate resumption of normal classes in all the campuses unconditionally; and to arrange speedy disposal of the issue between NUTA and VC according to university statutes.
Submitting the memorandum during a silent agitation at NU Kohima campus, the union stated that the agitation was called as a protest against the NUTA and VC for their silent behavior towards its ultimatum served March 17 last, demanding them to immediately resolve the issue and resume normal classes.
The union accused the NUTA and the VC of denying students’ prerogative right to education with academic closure for more than a week.
The memorandum submitted to the governor, who is also the chief rector of the university, duly signed by the presidents of PGSU (NUCK)Kohima, PGSU (SETAM) Dimapur and PGSU (SASARD) Medziphema mentioned that the brawl between the university authority and teachers’ association had an adverse effect to students’ academic career and that it would not remain silent any longer.
It stated that the unions’ frequent representations urging both parties to resolve the problems, which started with the suspension
of three university teacher by the VC in November 2009, could not yield any positive result. The NUTA’s demand to revoke the suspension order and the VC’s rigid stand on his authority verdict resulted in relapse of the whole system of the university, the memo stated.
As a result, the NUTA had called for total academic closure, for which the unions said the academic careers of the students had been hijacked.
It further mentioned that the memorandum served on March 2 to the VC to determine the issue and to the NUTA for recommence of normal classes could yield no positive response.
In the light of such crisis, president of NSF, Imchatoba Imchen, extended support of the federation towards the post graduate students.
Addressing the students during demonstration here Thursday, NSF president said corruption and mismanagement had become the culture of the university, with agitations and protests in every academic session.
He added that instead of hampering the students with their problems, the authority and the teachers should settle their dispute in courts.
The NSF also questioned the non-cooperation of the Lumami campus and added that it was politics played by the VC, who had “unofficially” shifted his office to Lumami campus.
Kohima campus post graduate students’ union president Izuto Jimo called upon the members to stand together and fight for a “common cause.”
The issues of the university had victimized the students without any fault of theirs, the student leader said, adding that students’ right to education should not be denied.
Hundreds of students from Kohima campus participated in the procession holding placards demanding for justice.
Similar silent agitations were also held in SASARD and SETAM campuses Thursday.
The PGSU Kohima campus has unanimously decided to close down NU office, calling a complete shut down on the functioning of the university indefinitely.
Meanwhile, to discuss serious matters involved, the union has also called all students of NU Kohima campus for an emergency meeting to be held near NU office March 19, 9 a.m.
It cautioned to impose a fine of Rs.500 on general students and Rs.1000 on executives if they failed to turn up for the meeting, along with explanation call.

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