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SETAM strike from today
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Feb. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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School of Engineering & Technology and School of Management (SETAM) Engineering Students’ Council (SESC) Nagaland University Dimapur has decided to go for complete strike from Monday following the University authority’s failure to fulfill its demands submitted on September 25, 2010 through a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor (VC).
The four-point charter of demand submitted to the VC included shortage of faculty members, shortage of vehicles for students, hostel facilities for the students. Lack of such facilities has greatly affected the students’ career, said SESC president Menja Wongto when contacted by Nagaland Post.
Elaborating on its demands, SESC president said that the institution has only 48 faculty members and out of which just 10 were permanent basis and 38 faculty members were on temporary basis. He said the students were also affected since the faculty members, who were on temporary basis kept changing periodically.
On shortage of transportation facilities, he said that the campus has just one 29 sitter bus which was not sufficient for the 300 students of the campus.
On the demand of more hostel facilities, he said that the present SETAM hostel can accommodate only 130 students, which only catered to few students, while the rest have to depend on rented houses.
Stressing on the need for laboratory for experiments and testing especially for engineering courses, he said that the students’ demand for proper laboratory in SETAM has not been met despite numerous representations and appeal to the authorities.
The SESC president further said that the reply from the NU authorities received on February 2, 2011 was neither an assurance nor fulfillment of its demands.
Meanwhile, according to the university authority’s reply to the students’ memorandum made available to Nagaland Post, NU had stated that it advertised the faculty position twice in the past but no suitable candidates appeared for the post of professor in any department under SETAM. The university had re-advertised the post of professor and other vacant faculty position on December 2010. Accordingly an offer for appointment of two posts of assistant professors in the department of bio technology, one post in management and the other in agricultural engineering and technology was issued.
The NU authorities expressed inability to provide hostel accommodation for the students as SETAM was not a residential educational institution. It, however, stated that all efforts were being made to hire private buildings at Dimapur for providing additional hostels.
On laboratory facilities, the NU authorities said that the scheme was under process and advertisement for supply of chemicals, glassware and equipment have been issued.
On transportation, the university authorities said that they have issued tender notice for hiring of vehicles and the relevant documents were awaited from SETAM for further action.
NU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kannan told this Nagaland Post over the phone that the authorities have replied to the students’ demands on February 2.
Stating that the university faced acute shortage of teaching faculty especially professors, he said outside professors were unwilling to come to Nagaland to work due to hostile situation.
Prof Kannan was of the view that due to the situation that prevailed in Nagaland, qualified professors were not coming to Nagaland which has hampered the running of the university. He also said that the students should not expect immediate solution to the demands as the university was still in process of development.

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