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College principals demand
Published on 13 Jan. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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Nagaland college principals’ forum (NCPF) has urged the state government for reasonable lump sum grant-in-aid to private colleges and infrastructure development to government colleges. NCPF president Dr. P. S Lorin said concreted action from the side of the government towards development of higher education was inadequate.
Dr.Lorin said higher education in Nagaland was lagging behind other states in terms of salaries, infrastructure and even the ability to retain students and attract talent.
“We believe concreted action from quarters, the public, the government and the university is required,” said Dr.Lorin. Nagaland college principals’ forum (NCPF) consists of 52 secular colleges including government and private colleges in Nagaland.
The NCPF, in a memorandum addressed to the state chief minister, dated December 7, 2010, pointed out that successive governments have not accorded priority to higher education in the state, adding this was reflected in the budget allocation to higher education for the past many years.
“This year’s percentage of spending on higher education from the state education budget is only 0.48% which is the lowest among the 24 state in India,” the forum stated. The NCPF also highlighted that grant-in-aid received in the past five years has been as low as Rs.75, 000 in 2004 to Rs.3.50 lakh 2009.
This, the forum said was far below the representation requested by the private college principals’ association to the minister for higher education in the year 2009 as Rs.15 lakh minimum to each private college. Sating that salary in private colleges were insignificant compared to government colleges, the forum said raising fees would only burden the student and parent community more.
Maintaining that 38 private colleges in Nagaland were employing a large number of employees in the state and have helped in solving unemployment problems, the NCPF said: “unfortunately, private colleges in Nagaland appear to be neglected institutions as far as the grant-in-aid received from the government of Nagaland is concerned.”
Further, the forum also underscored the urgent need to have multi-purpose hall, staff quarters for administrative staffs in most government colleges.
“Government colleges continue to require massive up gradation of facilities to come to par with the private colleges in Nagaland, the NCPF memorandum read.

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