College students stage mass dharna

College students stage mass dharna
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, AUG 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 11:49:38 AM IST

A peaceful dharna called by the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) on Friday against the inaction of state government to its various “genuine demands” received positive response from college students in Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Zunheboto, Peren and Phek districts.

In Kohima, thousands of college students staged peaceful dharna outside ANCSU office to press the state government for their demands including settlement of Kohima Science College Jotsoma (KSCJ) land encroachment issue, permanent settlement of scholarship issue etc.

According to ANCSU, the college students as decided on August 8 last, would abstain from attending classes starting August 10, 2018 till the demands were met.

After the dharna, the union submitted a memorandum to the chief minister through deputy commissioner (DC) Kohima. In the memorandum, the union expressed displeasure over the state government’s delay in bringing an amicable solution to the KSCJ land encroachment issue.

ANCSU demanded that state government immediately expedite the process on priority so the college would no more be affected by land encroachment issue.

Further, the union demanded for a separate nodal cell for scholarships and permanent settlement and strict implementation of all scholarship schemes so as to facilitate efficient implementation and disbursing of scholarships.

ANCSU also demanded that all land encroachment issues in the district colleges and polytechnic institutions must be immediately recommended for proper land survey and land belonging to the colleges must be retained at any cost. Expressing serious concern over various land encroachment issues of the district government colleges, the union demanded for a proper wall demarcation of all the government colleges to protect land and prevent any kind of encroachment.

ANCSU reaffirmed that it will compromise under any circumstances in delivering justice to the student’s community and also reminded the state government that the union against the non-commitment of the state government in addressing these core issues, it has warned that ANCSU with the college’s students will be forced to adopt severe course of actions.

Naga Students Federation (NSF) president, Christopher Kesosul Ltu, Angami Students’ Union (ASU) president Visako Rino and college student leaders also spoke at the protest rally.

Meanwhile, ANCSU also appealed to all the college principals and institutes to recognise and acknowledge the core issue of the students, saying the issue was left unaddressed by subsequent governments. The union warned that those institutions which do not recognise the students’ issue and forcefully conduct the classes, would be termed as “Anti-student welfare institute.”

Dimapur: Extending support to the ANCSU, thousands of Dimapur-based college students staged “Peaceful Dharna’ at DC court junction Friday.

Students gathered at the dharna site were seen holding placards some of which read “we want justice not justification”, “We want our scholarship on time”, “A government is not a government if fails to satisfy us”, “Give us what belong to us” etc. During the peaceful dahran, ANCSU assistant general secretary, Imnameren N Jamir, lauded the college students for being part of the rally. Jamir read out the memorandum, which was to be submitted to the chief minister through deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur.

Representatives from various college student bodies delivered speech at the dharna. The college union included Pranabananda Women s College Student Union (PWCSU), SD Jain College Students Union, Sakus Mission College Students’ Union and Dimapur Government College Students’ Union. 

Later, ANCSU finance secretary, Inato Y Chisho, informed the gathering that the college students under Dimapur district would continue to abstain from attending regular classes till their demands were fulfilled.

ZUNHEBOTO: In solidarity with the ANCSU demands, the Zunheboto Government College Students Union and Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu students also held a peaceful dharna and submitted a memorandum to the chief minister through the DC Zunheboto. 

The college students raised the land encroachment issue of KSCJ, separate nodal cell and permanent settlement for scholarship and demarcation wall for district government colleges. They also asked the government to intervene and settle the Zunheboto and Khelhoshe polytechnic land encroachment issue. 

The demand also included upgradation of Khelhoshe polytechnic Atoizu to a degree course institution. The dharna programme was chaired by Zunheboto Range Students’ Union president Mughato. Short speeches were delivered by ANCSU magazine secretary Bopito, Khelhoshe polytechnic president and Zunheboto government college general secretary.

PEREN: Peren Government College Students’ Union (PGCSU) members also staged a peaceful dharna and submitted a memorandum to chief minister through the DC Peren. Along ANCSU demands, a demand for proper demarcation wall in district government colleges was put forward. 

The programme was chaired by Peren government college students’ union vice president, invocation by PGC EU president, welcome address by former president of Peren Students’ Union Hiaraheing and short speeches were delivered by ANCSU assembly secretary Toito D Chishi and ANCSU deputy speaker Imnayachet Walling.

WOKHA: Peaceful dharna went peacefully in Wokha district, where ANCSU speaker Pithungo Shitio apprised students of the issues raised by ANCSU with the state government.

In solidarity with ANCSU, the Lotha students’ union (LSU) vice president Yanro and representatives from Mt. Tiyi College Students’ Union and Baptist College Students’ Council spoke in support of the demands made by ANCSU. Following the dharna, the college representatives and ANCSU officials also submitted a memorandum to chief minister through proper channel. The programme was chaired by former women coordinator of ANCSU Jhanroni Patton.

PHEK: In Phek district, the peaceful dharna was held outside the DC office, Phek. 

A memorandum addressed to the chief minister and signed by the students’ council Phek government college was submitted through the DC Phek. 

In the memorandum, the students’ council also raised the list of ANCSU demands.

At the programme, solidarity speeches were delivered by Phek Town Chakhesang Students’ Union president, Students’ Council vice president government college of Pfutsero and students’ council government college Phek vice president.

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