ANCSU places key demands before state govt

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 12:21:52 PM IST

All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) has urged state government departments including planning and finance to expedite the process of issuing drawal authority for Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) 2019-2020. ANCSU placed several points during a joint meeting with the officials of higher education department on May 19, 2020.

In a press release, ANCSU president Vimeyiekho Vitso and General Secretary Imnameren N Jamir said the department informed that drawal authority was expected in the next few days. 

According to ANCSU, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has sanctioned and released an amount of Rs.17.30 crore as first instalment of 50% central share for PMS ST 2019-2020.

At the meeting, the union said it also urged the department to advise the Nagaland University for early issue of notification/guidelines relating to exam and academic calendar. 

Further, the union appealed to the department to find ways to waive fees of the economically weak students.  It also expressed concern that both teaching and non teaching staff should not be deprived of their salary and welfare.

On concerns of admission to first semester, ANCSU appealed the department to issue common directive to all colleges to intake maximum students for the next academic session. To this, the department assured its seriousness and concern, it said.

The union said it also suggested that every college should start preparing for online facilities as pandemic has become uncertain. 

On its demand for stern action against hostels that asked some students were to vacate during the lockdown period, ANCSU said the department assured that such hostel permits would be cancelled and necessary action would be taken. 

Expressing concern over the requisition of colleges and hostels as quarantine centres, the union stated the district administration should take the confidence of the department, college/institute authority and concern village council for such requisition.

Meanwhile, ANCSU has acknowledged the higher education department and the state government for positively responding to its demand of posting principals to government colleges without principals through a notification dated May 21, 2020.

Plea for exam centers in districts: In the wake of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) notification to conduct exams, the ANCSU has appealed to the department of technical education to formulate and establish exam centres in every district to conduct Nagaland State Entrance Exam (NSEE), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and North East Council (NEC) examination.

In a letter to the technical education director, ANCSU president Vimeyiekho Vitso and General Secretary Imnameren N Jamir said the candidates should also be given preference to choose their exam centres so no students was deprived of appearing exam. 

ANCSU urged the department to identify such exams centres at the earliest and keep ready necessary preparations relating to exam and fight the threat of COVID-19.

The union also appealed for releasing the state technical scholarship to the beneficiaries without any further delay as the amount had been already sanctioned and released.



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