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ABSU warns government not to play with future of students

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

From our Correspondent

Kokrajhar, Dec 10: The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on Sunday expressed concern over the colleges of BTC region that have been cancelled from affiliation of Bodoland University. The education secretary of the ABSU, Kastom Basumatary said the union was very concerned about students studying in the 23 colleges in the BTC areas. He said the union was displeased with the development as it would adversely affect the students now studying in TDC first semester and PG first semester.

The union learned that the tussle of affiliation issue by the Bodoland University and Gauhati University made the students victims of misrule and the role of the State and BTC governments was not satisfactory towards the interest of the students. Basumatary said it was well-known by the Government of Assam before issuing the permission of affiliation notification to the Bodoland University by the notification letter No. AHE 459/2016/3 from the Principal Secretary, Government of Assam, Education department, that the Bodoland University, though established by State legislation, had not attained the 12B status under the UGC Act, which further might be a problem for colleges having 12B status which were affiliated under Gauhati University. He said the matter of not having 12B status with BU was also known to Gauhati University as well as the Bodoland University which has to affiliate the colleges from the BTC areas. At this juncture of administrative mismagement by both the universities and role of the State Education Department as well as BTC government, students who are pursuing TDC first semester under the colleges of BTC had been subjected to unnecessary harassment.

The ABSU leader said this was also a fact that retracting the affiliation of the 23 colleges from Bodoland University back to Gauhati University had brought uncertainty to the future of the students studying in TDC first semester. It was decided after the meeting held with the State Education Minister, BTC, Bodoland University and Gauhati University on December 6, to send back the 23 colleges.

He said in reference to memo No AHE 459/2016/7-A, the decision taken after the joint meeting was foul play by the Government of Assam and universities with the degree students as it said that once the Bodoland University attained the 12B status under UGC Act, the 23 colleges would move back to BU. This tug of war was harming the interest of the students. This clearly indicates that half way the students might have to change the syllabus amidst this shifting of affiliation, thus affecting the learning parameter of the students.

The ABSU appealed to the Government of Assam, BTC, Bodoland University and Gauhati University not to play with the life and career of thousands of students just in the me of administrative failure and for political interest. The union also reminded that any detrimental role of the universities towards the position and status of the under graduate, postgraduate and doctoral degree students who would obtain degrees from Bodoland University should not be repeated in future.

The ABSU leader said the Government of Assam and BTC had to take the responsibility that the Bodoland University attained the position of 12B status, or else the university would remain deprived. On the other, the BU should not further indulge in administrative misruling in terms of offering degrees and affiliation to the colleges and students.

In case such mismagement by learned section of people for their political interest was repeated in future and students were harassed in shifting of affiliation or change of syllabus, the ABSU would not remain silent and vehemently oppose by way of democratic movement, Basumatary warned.

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