Silchar: There has been virtually a stalemate over the regular functioning of Assam University for days and weeks, affecting holding of classes, academic and extra-academic activities. The rustication of a student leader and the demand of a whopping amount of money by student community for social week celebration despite audit objection among others have been at the center stage of a standoff between the Assam University authorities and the students. The district administration of Cachar has to intervene to resolve the impasse, but of no avail.
Worried at the development, All Cachar Karimganj and Hailakandi Students’ Association (ACKHSA), one of the organizations behind the establishment of the University at Silchar, has sought the effective intervention of the district administration in order to restore academic discipline. Articulating the grave concern of parents, guardians and civil society, ACKHSA in a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar on Wednesday has stated the stir and strike has caused irreparable damage to the dignity of the University.
A good number of seminars, national and international, campus recruitments, internal examinations as well as other academic activities have been stuck up, upsetting the scholastic sessions. The association is of the considered opinion notwithstanding its failure to resolve the crisis, the district administration has the moral and legal obligation to ensure the normal functioning of a central university. A handful of students should not be allowed to hold to ransom the future of thousands of students and their pursuit of studies.
ACKHSA does not mince any words to take a dig at the district administration for its half-hearted approach to pull the university out of the impasse and insists it should not shrink away from taking stringent measures. Otherwise, the student body might be impelled to take legal courses of action under Article 226 by filing a writ petition of mandamus against the district administration. The memorandum was signed by ACKHSA leaders led by Rupam Nandi Purkayastha.