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SETAM strike called off, NU authorities give time frame to fulfill demands
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Feb. 2011 1:08 AM IST
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The agitating students of School of Engineering Technology and Management (SETAM) on Tuesday called off their strike after the Nagaland University (NU) authorities assured the students a time-framed action in regard to their demands.
The decision came following a meeting held at SETAM college conference hall, Tuesday with NU VC representative Prof. R.C. Nayak, SASARD dean Prof. D.P. Sharma, SETAM dean Senior Prof. V. Sharan from SASARD, SETAM student’s welfare in-charge Chanlep Yakha Konyak along with students’ representative executives and students’ community.
Talking to Nagaland Post over phone, SETAM engineering students’ council (SESC) president Menja Wongto said that NU authorities have assured students that their demands would be met at a given time-frame for all the demands put forward by the student community of SETAM.
On transportation, authorities assured students that a new 47 seater bus would be provided by February 22.
On shortage of faculty members, new permanent faculty member in agri-technology would be joining by February 21, who will also be the head of department of agri-technology department.
The demand of hostel facilities for the students, SESC president said that besides the 160 existing seats in the hostel, 30 more seat would be available for the students by March, while the rest 130 day scholar students would be accommodated by the next semester. On laboratory equipments for practicals, especially for engineering courses, new equipments would reach SETAM, however the SESC president said authorities assured students that the laboratory would be put in place by next semester as it would take time to set up new laboratory in the college.
On library books, the authorities have said that the book will reach the SETAM campus by February 12.
The meeting also decided that a committee will be set up to review the fee structure by the next semester 2011.
Meanwhile, according to a SESC press release issued here, it was decided at the meeting that since no industrial visits have been approved in the curriculum, a refund of the same amount paid by students during admission of every semester was expected by the end of the current semester.
The house also deliberated on process of recruitment of various vacant posts and that written updates of the same would be produced to the students’ community.
Two lecturers for bio-technology and one for agri-technology and MBA will be joining the college, the release said.
It was also agreed that the need for a librarian would be brought before the university authorities.
On power delegation of dean, the house also called for upgradation of administration and financial autonomy to the dean taking into campus requirement.
SESC president Menja Wongto added that the student community would take to agitation, if their demands were not fulfilled as per the time frame assured and that the present university officials would be held responsible.
SESC had called an indefinite strike February 7 following the NU authorities failure to fulfill students’ demands submitted September 25 last through a memorandum to Vice Chancellor of the university.

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