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SETAM classes, office crippled

Students protest at SETAM campus, Dimapur on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Feb. 2011 1:32 AM IST
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Students of the school of engineering & technology and management (SETAM), Nagaland University Monday forced closure of the institution demanding immediate redressal to their grievances.
SETAM dean Prof D P Sharma admitted that the demands of the students were genuine but pointed out that fulfilling some of the charter of demands would take some time.
Replying to the demands made by the students, registrar D K Mohanty through a fax stated that all the demands were being looked into and was already in process. Students had also submitted a memorandum urging the VC to fulfill their demands before starting the new session.
One of the demands included adequate transportation facilities to which the registrar had replied that relevant documents were awaited from SETAM office. However, official sources from SETAM denied withholding any documents relating to it. Students have said there was only one bus for the 350 odd students and faculties. On the demand for industrial visit, the registrar had replied that the visit had been approved last year. However, the students pointed out that the approval was later cancelled. “Every semester we pay Rs 500 for industrial visit but till date there has been no such activity,” pointed out one student.
Admitting that the students were right in their own way, NU VC Prof K. Kannan urged them to understand the ground realities before going on a strike. “Going on a strike is a culture and I wish I had an immediate solution to their problems” the VC said.
Pointing out that even IITs have started facing faculty crisis, the VC said nobody wanted to work in the state despite repeated advertisement through newspapers. On the demand for adequate transportation, Prof Kannan said it was already under process.
DNSU president Medo who visited the campus alongwith his colleagues urged the NU authorities to seriously look into the demands of the students and take up necessary actions.

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