GUWAHATI: The AASU (All Assam Students Union) has opposed the proposed move of the State government to shift the academic calendar at the High School-level from April to March. As of now, the calender is from January to December.
Talking to The Sentinel, AASU president Dipanko Kumar Nath said, "We will not accept this proposal of the State Education department. The SEBA (Board of Secondary education, Assam) is seeking opinion from the public on the issue in the online mode through its website. How can any decision be taken via online opinions on an issue that involves the future generation of the State? There must be threadbare discussions."
The AASU leader added, "The present academic calendar has been finalized following many sets of meetings with prominent academicians and other stakeholders. We have been having a series of meetings with various organizations of the teachers across the State. They too want the ongoing academic year to continue.
"Assam's academic calendar cannot be drawn up in accordance with those of other States. Their academic environment is different from ours.
"As per the present ongoing system, High School students in Assam gain an advantage of three months as compared to their companions studying under the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) that follows the April-to-March academic calendar. This is another reason why we should stick to the January to December academic calendar."