GUWAHATI: The Student’s Federation of India (SFI) staged a protest outside the Directorate of Higher Education, Kahilipara and through the Director, submitted a memorandum to the Education Minister Siddharth Bhattacharya.
The federation was much agitated over certain conditions posed to the economically backward students and gheraoed the office of the Director of Higher Education demanding that their issues are paid heed to. Starting with the demand for an unconditional admission to the economically backward students, the Federation also insisted on opening more seats for admission along with provision of basic amenities in colleges. Two students, Upasana Das and Chandan Das, who were expelled from Chaygaon College, were also demanded to be taken back in.
The federation Secretary Nirangkush Nath and President Kashyap Choudhury stated in a press release, “On May 29, a circular was released that economically deprived students with a back paper in the previous semester and less than 75 present percentage in the current semester will not be accepted for free admission. This is both unethical and unacceptable. This blatant lack of infrastructure is making the semester system an unscientific approach to the education system. If the financially poor students who have one or two back papers are revoked of their financial aid, then these students will have to give up their studies halfway. Moreover, in the degree level, 75 present percentage is undemocratic because the mandatory 90 days class per semester is also not undertaken. On the other hand, the rule that even if the annual income of a family is less than two lakh but the parents are central or state government employees than there will be no financial aid for those students should be changed.”
The demands were sent across through two letters, one to the Director of Higher Education and through him, to the Education Minister Siddharth Bhattacharya.