After the state’s MP’s decision to allocate the MP fund towards education, his efforts have helped to place Sikkim on the list for CSIR UGC NET examination centres in India. Its inclusion will help students and scholars who have to worry about travelling and lodging expenses, while already bearing the burden of completing their examinations.
He updated news of his meetings with the VC of Sikkim University, Prof. Avinash Khare, Director General of CSIR, Dr. Shekhar C. Mander and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof. D.P. Singh, on his account on Facebook, to discuss the establishment of CSIR NET exam centre at Gangtok, Sikkim.
Binod Bhattarai, Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology in Sikkim University, says that it is very difficult for economically backward students to travel to places outside of Sikkim to give exams when they aren’t even sure of 100 per cent success.
“Granting of CSIR UGC NET is a big milestone as far as Sikkim is concerned, and the Hon’ble MP, Shri Indra Hang Subba, has to be acknowledged for his efforts in getting this assessment centre for the Sikkimese and the region of Darjeeling – Sikkim combined”, says Dr. Satyadeep Chettri, Associate Professor at NBBDC Tadong.
“The two most important facts that we can decipher from this is that one, there is a credible number of students/ scholars who sit for this prestigious exam from this region and two, all the aspiring scholars will be able to give the exams in a more hospitable atmosphere”, he adds.
The MP has also mentioned that Bhutia, Lepcha and Limboo languages, postgraduate courses being offered at Sikkim University since 2017, should be included in the list of subjects for CBSE UGC NET examination too. He expressed his gratitude to the Chairman, UGC and Director General, CSIR in another Facebook post today.
Bikash Basnet, Confidential Secretary to the Chief Minister, expresses his agreement with the inclusion.
“This move will definitely work as a motivation for all the aspiring candidates who shall be pursuing for CSIR UGC CENTRE, prestigious eligibility test for Lectureship (LS) in the field of Science including Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Sciences”, says Basnet.
Currently, this news is going to be widely accepted by aspirants who wish to become lecturers or work in the fields of R&D, but the greater impact of this new change is that more people are going to find out what the CSIR is and what it stands for.