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Students strike cripples varsity in Meghalaya
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Published on 2 Nov. 2010 12:49 AM IST
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Normal functioning of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Meghalaya’s state capital Shillong came to a standstill Monday, the first day of the indefinite strike to pressurise the central government to remove of A.N. Rai as vice-chancellor.
The agitating students under the banner of NEHU Students Union (NEHUSU) and Meghalaya Tribal Students Coordination Committee (MTSCC) had been demanding for a month to appoint a local academician to head the varsity. Rai, a former vice chancellor of Mizoram University, was appointed as the vice chancellor of NEHU after Pramod Tandon completed his tenure September 12 this year.
“We will continue with the strike till our demands are met,” Meghalaya Tribal Students Coordination Committee (MTSCC) chairman Kynpham Kharlyngdoh said.
The vice-chancellor’s office, classrooms and laboratories remained under locked as the agitating students were picketing infront of varsity gates preventing anyone from entering the campus.
“Demonstration is a democratic right of any person or group in this country but to prevent people forcibly from attending their duties against the law. Majority of the students have been forced to miss these classes ,” Rai said.
“They have expressed their resentments to the central team and could have waited for the report before resorting to agitation which is self-afflicting their academic career,” he added.
Rai further revealed that the students were influenced by ‘some elements’ demanding for his removal for their own vested interest.
“I have been appointed by the president on the recommendation of the search committee. I have not sought or contested for the appointment but they selected me for it. Therefore, I am still honouring this appointment,” Rai said.
Rai also expressed dismayed with the Meghalaya government for not providing security inside the campus in view of the indefinite strike.
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