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NU students rampage MI room
Correspondent LUMAMI, MAR 25 (NPN):
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Published on 26 Mar. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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The MI Room of Nagaland University Lumami was vandalised on Friday night by irate students after they found out that there was no doctor or an attendant. The PGSU Executive today narrated the whole incident to the visiting scribes that led to the destruction of properties at the room. It said that one student of Threzaru-Ku Hostel, Khanglong Konyak, a 1st Semester student of Botany accidentally drank formalin and his condition worsened. It was around 7.45 pm. The students further said that when they tried to call the doctor, it was found that the doctor’s mobile was diverted besides the ambulance driver was found replaced by another one and on top of that the nurse replied that the problem has to be dealt with the doctor only. These, according to the students infuriated them and started pelting stones at the window panes and went on damaging properties. In the melee, the students accused that even the police cocked their rifles at the students which they felt was very improper. The incident happened late into the night and by that time; the MI Room was in a complete mess with broken medical instruments and properties damaged.
Meanwhile, when the scribes visited the MI Room this morning, the entire place was in a mess with shreds of glasses, broken machineries and damaged equipments and furniture. Interacting with the officials they expressed regrets and said the students shouldn’t have acted in such manner.
They further went on to add that with shortage of staffs, it was difficult to provide 24-hour service adding despite the constraints, they have been trying to give their best. The officials also said such act of vandalism was a humiliation on the profession. When asked about the losses, one of them said the damage to instruments such as- auto-analyser, German imported ultra sound and other items was to the tune of Rs.2 crore. They also added that student had been referred for treatment at Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital Mokokchung since there weren’t enough facilities in the campus for treatment. Subsequently, the ailing student was transported to Mokokchung by ambulance. Nagaland University, Lumami also clarified Friday with regard to March 24 incident. (See p-9)
Meanwhile, the PGSU Friday blamed the whole episode on the Vice Chancellor of the University. The students claimed that as per an agreement arrived at between them and the VC on September 6, 2010 during a joint meeting, the VC had agreed to provide 24-hour medical services/facilities within 15 days of clause 2 of the agreement. However, the students regretted that the agreement has not been implemented. When asked about the justification of their actions, the students asserted that when the MI itself cannot perform its duty, what was its use? Asked on what they wanted the university to be, the students replied that it should be at par with other universities with all facilities and amenities.
NUNTSA condemns vandalism
The Nagaland University Non-Teaching Staff Association (NUNTSA), Lumami Friday strongly condemned the vandalising of university health centre by PGSU (L) members, allegedly led by union president and general secretary March 24 night.
Asserting that it was “unbecoming of a highly educated body” to indulge in destructing the health centre including life saving equipments and the facilities, the NUNTSA general secretary C.Mhonbemo Lotha, in a statement, said: “It is to be noted that the health centre with its available resources extends medical facilities to the students, employees, dependents and the people from the nearby villages.”
The association stated that functioning of both health centres in NU Kohima campus and SASRD campus would also be affected because of the incident, since the office of chief medical officer was attached with the health centre at NU Lumami.
While appreciating the students’ demands for better facilities for the welfare of all responsible, the NUNTSA said it was expected that such “senseless act” should not be repeated in future.

 
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