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Edn, viable hope for Nagas: Kannan
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Oct 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Oct. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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“Education is the only viable hope for Nagaland which can transform society to its true potential and that is my mission here as the Vice Chancellor (VC) of Nagaland University”, said Prof. K. Kannan, in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post here at Dimapur Sunday, while on official duty.
Prof. K. Kannan, who took over the hot seat in 2006 as the third VC of NU, however lamented that he inherited a University with “so many ailments” and has had to spend valuable time and energy in trying to bring it back on track.
“I stood my ground against intense pressures and even threats by some faculty members to toe their line. But I could not be cowed down and told them that this Naga by choice (pointing to himself), is made of sterner stuff.”
He said politics and vested interests among some staff has seriously damaged the university from inception and it will take many years to cure it.
He said some of the teaching staff “through some official in the ministry of HRD” had the CBI register a case against him but he was later absolved. “They (staff) cannot stomach it and went on agitation” and are demanding another probe.
“One of the allegations is that I siphoned off Rs.500 crore; which is laughable since they fooled themselves by making Rs.500 lakhs as Rs.500 crore”. He said the fact was that the university’s total annual budget for all programmes and projects only around Rs.80 crore.
On why teachers and staff were always agitating, Kannan said it was because he enforced university regulations that hurt many.
Further, Kannan said many teachers were appointed without following norms in the very beginning. For instance, he said there were those who did not have the requisite credentials to be teachers but were appointed at random. He also pointed out that at the School for Agricultural Sciences Research and Development (SASRD) “almost 80% are not from agriculture background (agricultural science).”
He said the sorry state of affairs in the university has already damaged the careers of students. “We haven’t been able to hold examinations on time due to strikes and agitations”, he said.
“The Naga people must know the truth about who is doing the greatest damage to their future”, Kannan asserted. The silver lining for Prof. Kannan was that he was able to shift the University campus to Lumami “a beautiful paradise of 801 acres” and the Kohima Campus to Merema.
Kannan said the engineering and management institute at Dimapur was progressing well and was very optimistic that it would impact the Nagas in the next few years.

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