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Cotton College students to oppose ‘Bill’ on merger

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  30 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT


GUWAHATI, Jan 29: The Cotton College Union Society (CCUC) today said that they will stage a vehement protest if the State Government introduces the Bill relating to the proposed merger of Cotton College with Cotton College State University (CCSU).

Talking to newsmen at Cotton College Ekata Sabha Hall, CCUC president Surajit Dutta and general secretary Jintu Thakuria said: “The decision was taken unilaterally without taking Cotton College’s former and present students and the academia of the State into confidence. The first step seems to be done is limiting Cotton College up to Higher Secondary and slowly abolish it. Such a step will deprive the poor but meritorious students of the Northeast from quality education. The future of present students of Cotton College and CCSU will be uncertain if such a step is taken. The AC gradation of the college and its successes so far will be a history. Such a decision will hit the tradition, sentiment and intellectual pursuits in the State. We, therefore, appeal to the government not to take any decision without taking the present and former students of the college, the academics and intellectuals of the State into confidence.”

The students’ union is demanding that the century-old college to be allowed to function independently instead of being merged with the five-year-old university. Earlier, the union sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister, State Education minister and Governor opposing Dispur’s move.

Established in 1901 by Sir Henry John Stedman Cotton, the then chief commissioner of Assam and founder member of the Indian tiol Congress, Cotton College is considered a centre of excellence in the Northeast.

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