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Cancel Chakma, Hajong candidates from NEE list: AAPSU

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Itanagar, May 24: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) while expressing concern on the reported qualification of Chakma and Hajong candidates in NEE-2018 under Mizoram seats, has strongly opposed the results and demanded immediate cancellation of their selection and admission in North East Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST).
A team of AAPSU visited NERIST premises on Wednesday and apprised the Director of the recent results of NEE-2018, a press release informed here today.

The AAPSU stated that through reliable sources it has come to be known that in the recent NERIST entrance results, a number of Chakma and Hajongs were found to have qualified under Mizoram quota.

“The problem is that the Chakma and Hajong refugees have been a burning issue in our state since 1960s. They were given illegal settlement in some pockets of Arunachal Pradesh in the year 1964. At present juncture, the absorbing of candidates from the said communities will affect the academic atmosphere of the institute,” the union said.

Moreover, the AAPSU, which is spearheading the refugee movement in the state, opined that the recent “development” in the institute would create psychological implications.
Demanding immediate cancellation of their (Chakma, Hajongs) selection in NERIST, AAPSU expressed instead of them the eligible tribal applicants belonging to Mizoram must be replaced.
Opining to forbid admission of any Chakma & Hajong community student in the institute until the “vexed” issue of Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state is solved, AAPSU said: “Such situation will hamper the conducive atmosphere of education in the premier institute.”

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