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PGSU (NUCK) boycotts classes
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2010 1:58 AM IST
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Postgraduate Students Union, Nagaland University Campus Kohima (PGSU-NUCK) boycotted classes on Monday protesting against insufficient transportation facilities for the students from Kohima town to new NU campus at Meriema.
According to sources, around 450 students including some faculty members, who depended on university transportation facilities, were stuck at Tinpatti junction, Kohima early Monday as the University authorities provided only two buses for the entire 399 students as well as 50 faculty members.
It may be mentioned that on April 9, the entire NU Kohima campus had shifted to the NU campus to Meriema, on the outskirts of Kohima town.
Later, at a joint meeting held between head of departments, the university transport in-charge and PGSU office bearers at the new campus, the university authorities assured the students that possible arrangement would be made for the student.
Sources informed that a student representatives, while urging the university authorities to take necessary steps for the welfare of the students at the earliest , said it was impossible for students to spend Rs.100 daily to travel to the new campus in a private vehicle.
PGSU ultimatum
The PGSU (NUCK) has submitted an ultimatum to the Nagaland University Registrar demanding alternative transport arrangement for the students and faculties by April 13 failing which the students said they would take any course of action for which the authorities would be solely responsible.
In view of shifting of Kohima Campus to Meriema campus by April 10, the PGSU has highlighted some urgent needs and necessary facilities to the university authorities for necessary action.
The union in a joint statement issued by its president Izuto Jimo and general secretary Alise Sangtam said one of the pressing needs was transportation facilities sufficient enough for 399 students and 50 plus non-teaching and teaching faculties. However, it said that the authorities sanctioned only two buses, a 26 and 32 seaters for the 399 students and faculties.
The union said eager students could not turn up to Meriema campus since the two buses were insufficient.
Further, the Postgraduate Students Union (PGSU) said though Meriema campus lacked basic facilities, yet, the students took the burden to shift there keeping in mind the concern for upcoming generation.
It said proper arrangement should have been made if the authorities were concerned for the university and students.

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