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NU - SETAM runs into crisis
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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The crisis within the Nagaland University seems to be far from over with the classes of School of Engineering & Technology (SETAM) coming to a grinding halt due to lack of faculty on Monday. SETAM, the first and only engineering college in the state, has students from all over the country, some of whom were even admitted through AIEEE. The school offers B Tech degree in Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication and Agricultural Engineering & Technology.
According to reports, the school with five departments has only 8 permanent faculties to teach over three hundred plus students while the rest are guest lecturers. The classes which were somehow managed till date stopped abruptly from Monday morning due to non-payment of salaries to the visiting faculty who comprises 80 percent of the teaching staff. It may also be added that the classes for Agricultural Engineering & Technology were being taken up only by guest lecturers due to non-appointment of permanent faculty.
Interacting with one of the students from the first batch of SETAM (final year now), it was learnt that the practical classes of their previous semesters were being conducted now, adding more burden. “No practical classes were conducted during our first, second and third semesters due to various reasons and it is being carried out now” he added worriedly. He also pointed out that they were the innocent victims of the crisis in NU and there was no way out for them.
Taking a serious view of the prevailing situation within the campus, the SETAM Engineering Students’ Council had even submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor of NU on September 25 last. The demands of the students included induction of permanent faculty members, increase in hostel seats (only 130 hostel seats till date), provide proper laboratory facilities, appointment of proper administrative or academic head, a well stocked library, transportation problem (only one 29 seater bus for 300 plus students and faculties), annual industrial visits/educational tour and appointment of permanent faculty in the Agricultural Engineering & Technology department.
It may be noted that the university collected Rs 2000 (refundable) during admission and Rs 1000 every semester from each student for the library. A laboratory fee of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 each for industrial visits and transportation is also realized from a student every semester.
On asking about the response from the VC, the students’ council members replied apprehensively that he had given his verbal assurances and informed that he would be visiting the campus soon.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Vice Chancellor Nagaland University Prof. K.Kannan told Nagaland Post over phone from New Delhi, that he was unaware of the crisis but explained it due to closure for puja holidays.
Admitting that there was administrative delay at some level, Kannan informed that the salaries as well as contract appointment for the faculty are being issued after offices reopened.

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