Shillong: All Assam Student’s Union (AASU), Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya on Sunday rued the fact that the North-east does not have enough institutions to attend to the needs of students from the region thereby causing brain-drain.
“Those who can’t afford to go outside the region for further studies are being deprived because of lack of opportunities within the North-east,” the AASU adviser said.
Bhattacharya was speaking during the fresher’s meet organised by the Shillong Socio-Cultural Assamese Students’ Association (SSASA) at Asom Kristi Kendra, Dhanketi in Shillong
According to him, the state governments of the North-east region should introduce new courses in the universities and colleges.
Pointing out to the difference in providing opportunities to their students, Bhattacharya said that in Andhra Pradesh there are about one lakh engineering seats while in Assam there is hardly 6000 seats.
He also said that in Uttar Pradesh there are 80,000 seats for students wanting to pursue MBA but in Assam there are hardly 500 seats.
Bhattacharya also said that the various states of the North-east may be politically divided but emotionally it was one.