Is the government waiting for an intense mass movement: SSU students
Gangtok, August 27: Concerning the statements made by Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling on August 25 the students of the Sikkim State University (SSU) issued another press release on August 26, asking Khaling questions regarding the same. The concerned PR from Wednesday comes after the press statement on the occasion of the […] The post Is the government waiting for an intense mass movement: SSU students appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.
Gangtok, August 27: Concerning the statements made by Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling on August 25 the students of the Sikkim State University (SSU) issued another press release on August 26, asking Khaling questions regarding the same.
The concerned PR from Wednesday comes after the press statement on the occasion of the University’s second foundation day which had addressed the issues of the lack of statutory officials like Registrar, Controller of Examinations (CoE), Finance Officer, etc., lack of permanent faculty leading to classes of the Nepali department not being held regular as students of the department were taught by teachers from NBBDC, Tadong, and SGC, Burtuk.
After requests, likewise the Sanskrit department was taught by the teachers for UG courses at Samdong Sanskrit college because the teachers appointed at SSU were forced to be on leave due to nonpayment of salaries.
In March, students of SSU began conducting protests making the same demands listed above. During the protests, the Education Department had agreed to give a written assurance signed by the Department of Education in the presence of Education Minister, MP Lok Sabha, ACS of Education Department and Principal Secretary and higher officials of the department, students of SSU say the promises have remained unfulfilled till date.
In the early weeks of August, a week-long digital campaign was also organized and conducted by the students of SSU with the Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum (SPYF) demanding for Sikkim State University to be given the form of University along with the above-mentioned demands
The week-long digital campaign organized by students of Sikkim State University with the Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum (SPYF).
Regarding the press release of August 24 issued by the students, it stated:
“Even after continuous protests, campaigns, discussions, the complete silence of the government and the department are speaking volumes about their true intentions in developing higher education in the state. We feel, we have been systematically neglected to the hilt and it is painful as well as infuriating.”
On the second foundation day of our institute, we want to give a clear message to the concerned departmental officials and government that, the day the situation due to the pandemic eases, we will be intensifying our movement to the maximum possible level under the provisions of the Indian Constitution. And as mentioned earlier, it will not be only us this time, as the movement has turned into a “peoples’ movement”.
1) All the verbal and written assurances of given to us must be fulfilled immediately. This includes regular staff, faculty, sufficient funding.
2) PG courses for all the UG courses which are taught in the government colleges of Sikkim should be started from this session itself. Further studies like PhD should begin this year as well.
3) Everyone including the general public should be transparently informed regarding the latest development of the university.
4) The permanent campus construction should be started immediately .”
Following this, Khaling on August 25, while talking to press and media had said that as soon as the SKM Party came into power they have tried to facilitate the demands of the students but due to the pandemic and the lockdown, many attempts and decisions taken by the government for the benefit of the SSU students were put on hold temporarily.
Khaling also admitted that the concerned department and the government are aware of their demands and keep up with their online presence, and are hopeful that many of the student’s demands can be met within the year. Khaling also assured that the government will attempt to make the demands met for the PG courses, with a permanent measure rather than a temporary solution, at the same time also focusing on and improving the infrastructure for higher studies for students.
After Khaling’s statements made on August 25, the students of SSU issued a press release which has stated that Khaling is ‘factually incorrect in asserting that regular Registrar and CoE of the University were appointed in mid-March this year. The appointments were made on a temporary basis and only after the continuous protest by us.’
The press release also notes that for the appointments of posts like Registrar, Controller of Examinations (CoE), Finance Officer, etc. should be made only after a rigorous selection process and not in a haphazard way. The students have also put forth the following questions in the press release before concluding with the hope that the government will meet their demands soon:
1) Why hasn’t the University/department started the process of appointment of regular statutory officials like Registrar, CoE, and Finance Officer as promised on 20th March 2020? Similarly, why haven’t the appointment of regular teaching faculties been started? Why hasn’t the government fulfilled all the promises made on 20th March?
2) Why is the Government spending money unnecessarily on building pilgrimage sites and appointing advisors, etc, amidst the pandemic and not allocating sufficient funds to our University? How much budget has been allocated to the University for this session?
3) Why is the government not acquiring land for SSU and hasn’t yet started the construction of its permanent campus? Will the University be built up with this lackadaisical attitude?
4) The students have no problem with the extended study centre of SU being started at different colleges of Sikkim for PG courses, but with dependence on SU for Higher studies in the state, will PhD courses be started (as and when required) at the extended study centre only? Will there be seriousness in establishing SSU and start research courses here?
5) Is the government waiting for an intense mass movement for SSU?
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