Shillong, June 26: The North Eastern Hill University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) has decided to seek the Centre’s intervention into the plight of the students studying at NEHU Tura Campus in West Garo Hills district.
The students’ body took this decision after a two-day visit to NEHU’s Tura campus led by NEHUSU president, Napoleon S. Mawphniang on June 24 – 25.
During the visit, NEHUSU representatives interacted with students of NEHU Tura Campus, representatives of the Post-Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) and NEHU Tura Campus Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. G. Singaiah.
According to statement issued by NEHUSU finance secretary, M Kynjaimon Amse here on Monday, one of the main concerns expressed by students was related to quality of education being imparted in the campus, who alleged that the campus have qualified teachers, but lacked ‘quality.’
He said that the students also alleged that the campus has been made a dumb yard for unfit and unworthy teachers who come to NEHU just for the sake of money and left the campus soon after getting jobs somewhere else.
“The Union has decided to write to the Rector, the Visitor of the University, the MHRD and the UGC on this matter,” Amse said, adding that the Union will also meet the Vice-Chancellor and other officers to highlight the plight of students studying in Tura campus.
“We request the Vice Chancellor, NEHU Shillong Campus to treat and bring equal development in NEHU Tura campus as in Shillong campus,” he said.
Earlier during a meeting with the Pro-Vice Chancellor of NEHU Tura campus, Amse said he (Pro-VC) has expressed serious concern over the problems faced by students in the campus, and assured all possible help.
On quality education in the campus, NEHUSU condemned the University’s administration including the Vice-Chancellor for failing to fill the vacant post in Tura campus both in teaching and non-teaching departments.
The NEHUSU will also hold a review meeting in August on the issue, and continue to pursue the matter.
Pointing out poor infrastructure in NEHU Tura campus, NEHUSU said that the campus is suffering from developmental deficiencies
“The pace of development in the campus is very slow. Water supply in NEHU Tura campus is directly drawn from the ground and supplied to the hostels without any treatment,” he said.
The Union also inspected the water being supplied to hostels where it was seen that the water was very dirty and unfit for consumption.
The NEHUSU also said that the Tura campus was lacking in many aspects as there is no indoor stadium with only one basket ball court, and three hostels.
“Due to lack of hostels, some girls have to stay outside the campus since there is limited number of seats, he said.
Meanwhile, the Union also expressed serious concern over the lack of healthcare services in the campus, as the health centre in the campus has only one doctor without any supporting staff.
“There is hardly any medicine in the centre and this affects the students and faculty,” the NEHUSU leader said.