PCAN seeks spl assistance from govt

DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/15/2020 10:08:50 PM IST

Highlighting impact of COVID-19 pandemic on educational institutions in Nagaland, the Private College Association Nagaland (PCAN) has appealed to state government to grant a special financial stimulus to the private colleges and also enhance the annual grant-in-aid.

In a letter addressed to the state chief minister, PCAN president Dr. PS Lorin and general secretary Vezuhu Keyho also sought one-time financial assistance to compensate the loss during this Covid-19 pandemic by helping the students through fee reimbursement or some other creative solution. PCAN pointed out that private colleges of Nagaland charged amongst one of the lowest fees in the country. 

PCAN also suggested the state government extend a special package in terms of one time grants/assistance of 30 to 50% of students fees to compensate the lockdown impact of Covid 19 pandemic directly to the needy students.

It asserted that without a special financial dispensation from the state government, the private colleges did not have the liquidity to pay faculty and staff. 

Further, appreciating the state government for setting up the Core Group for Economic Affairs to work out strategies and action plans for strengthening the State Economy vis-a-vis Covid-19, the PCAN requested that the Core Group for Economic Affairs to consider the dire situation and needs of the 44 private colleges of Nagaland.

PCAN pointed out that the Higher Education budget during 2018-19 was 113.01 crore and allocation to Private Colleges was Rs 0.64 crore, which it said constituted a meager 0.57% of the total budget of H.E. 

Stating that there was no significant change during 2019-20, the association has, however, expressed hope that it would be changed in subsequent years.

PCAN has urged the state government and responsible departments to strategise their vision statements, planning and policy decisions to overhaul and upgrade the existing system by taking forward the stakeholders for future posterity.

Meanwhile, PCAN has expressed hope that the state government must be considering its earlier appeal. 

While highlighting some few concerns in the field of higher education, the Private College Association Nagaland had on April 23, 2020 appealed to the state government to consider reopening of educational institutions.


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