KSU warns if CAU fails to come up in Meghalaya

Shillong, June 13: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has threatened to resort to other course of action if Meghalaya is deprived to have its own full-fledged Central Agricultural University (CAU).

A delegation of the Union led by its general secretary Donald V Thabah on Thursday met the state agriculture minister Banteidor Lyngdoh on the delay in setting up the university at Kyrdemkulai, Ri Bhoi District.

“We will be compelled to take stern action on the matter as we do not want to be controlled by a university from Imphal,” Thabah told reporters.

In the memorandum to the minister, the KSU urged the minister to ensure that the institution is set up at Kyrdemkulai and it should be a full-fledged University with independent authority as deemed fit for any University.

“The Union will not accept if the said institution is merely an Agriculture College affiliated under the Central Agriculture University, Imphal,” he warned.

According to Thabah, the sole fact that land (200 acres) was acquired and allotted for the establishment of a full-fledged Agricultural University and not an affiliating college.

He said, presently this institution is running in the form of a college in the campus of the College of Post Graduate Studies with an intake capacity of 22 students per session.

The administration of the said college is being managed by a dean and 4 contractual assistant professors with support from the staff of the College of Post Graduate Studies.

Thabah informed that the minister has assured the delegation that the state government would soon take up the matter with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for his intervention.