Gangtok, May 8, 2012:
Amidst the gathering of more than 200 students from the Sikkim University (SU) affiliated Colleges namely Sikkim Government College, Tadong and Namchi Government College, Kamrang the Students’ Union of Sikkim (SUS) today declared a Highway jam/ block if the demands laid by them on behalf of the students are not fulfilled within a week by the Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Mahendra P Lama.
Regarding the same the SUS met the VC today and submitted the 8 demands to him and also submitted a request letter to the Minister of Human Resource & Development Department (HR&DD), NK Pradhan and the HR&DD Secretary, CS Rao requesting them to support the demands. Voicing out the highlighted demands the SUS along with the students of the affiliated colleges assembled at the Sikkim Government College and the Secretariat (outside HR&DD office). Later a meeting was also held at Limboo Bhawan where the students and the Union discussed about the day’s event and the Union’s meet with the VC earlier today.
The SUS President, Jiwan Subba informed that the VC has assured them about acting on the matter as soon as possible. Speaking about the demand of courses to be introduced at Post Graduate level Subba complained that they have been waiting since 5 years for the specific courses to be implemented. Every year the Union remained hopeful that SU will be doing so but during the 11th Plan there was no mention of the courses, instead the University said that they will include it during the 12th Plan, he added.
Subba, acquainting that the VC had once said that they do not have enough infrastructure, questioned that if the SU was lacking in infrastructure, then why in the first place they started other courses too. Speaking about the fee structure the President said that SU too should lower the fee at par with other Central Universities of the country. He notified that Prof Lama had mentioned that 3 local students pursuing their Masters are granted stipend by the University from the fees collected from the local and foreign candidates, but till date no such facilities have come to notice. Similarly, mentioning about the 50% reservation demand by SUS, the President clarified that they are not trying to deprive outside students from their educational rights, instead they are simply asking for the rights of the local students of which they are worthy of.
Highlighting about the errors during the assessment of the results, Subba stated that the VC when asked about it blames the College professors and lecturers. Prof Lama is trying to create a gap between the students and the College administration by putting his share of blame to the professors and lecturers for it is the duty of the University to do the final assessment after the results are scrutinized by the Colleges and forwarded to SU, alleged Subba. By saying this, the VC in a way is also trying to manipulate the students and to divert them from their demands, he asserted.
The President further complained that the VC once mentioning that the University holds no responsibility of the affiliated Colleges for they are not constituent, had underlined that the students’ and the Unions’ issue are the State Government’s and the respective College’s problem.
He also mentioned that the SUS will also be forwarding their Signature Campaign and today’s demand report to the President of India, Prime Minister, Minister of HRD, Government of India (GOI), the State’s Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of HRD, GOI, SU Chancellor and the UGC Chairman.
Lastly, the President saying that the demands are genuine added that the demand are in favour of the students of the State and has also been well supported by the faculties of the affiliated colleges. “Our demand is not only for the betterment of the students today, but it is also meant for the bright future of the coming generations. We are creating history for a better future tomorrow”, he stated.
During the meet Subba also congratulated the students for their demand rally and also thanked them for the support which was large and unexpected. He also appealed the students to be sincere in their demands and remain united throughout.
1. Large number of regular courses which are running in the affiliated colleges such as History, Commerce, Education, English, Political Science, Tourism, Botany, Zoolgy, regional language etc. to be provided in the SU at Post Graduation level from the immediate coming session.
2. While in the admission policy of SU, 25% reservation is set aside for the students coming from abroad willing to pursue higher education in M Phil/ Phd programme. Hence in the union too want 50% reservation for the local students in post graduation and higher level studies.
3. Formation of College Development Committee at the soonest.
4. Filling up the full strength of the students in various courses in the university.
5. Bring down the fee structure at par with other central universities in the country.
6. Definite and valid results to be put up in the website else provide authenticated results within one week from the declaration of the results in website.
7. Need to include college’s faculty members in the executive council and academic council of the university.
8. Review of Zero Semester system.