Students to abstain from attending classes
Kohima, August 10: Thousands of students Friday staged a peaceful dharna over the failure of the State Government to address its demands. The students also decided to abstain from attending regular classes from Monday under the banner of All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU).
ANCSU president Katho P. Awomi said that the students from Government and private colleges and polytechnic institutes throughout the State staged the dharna in their respective district headquarters.
The ANCSU staged the peaceful dharna to express resentment over the alleged continuous failure of the State Government to address its three demands, including Kohima Science College, Jotsoma land encroachment, separate nodal cell for scholarships and settlement of all dispute land encroachment of Government polytechnic institutes.
Addressing the mammoth gathering outside its office in Kohima, Awomi revealed that as per record of Land Revenue Department as on November 19, 2015, out of 150 acres acquired on payment of compensation by the Government from Jotsoma village and 50 acres donated by the villagers, the college is left with only 133.75 acres of land.
As concerned students’ organisations, ANCSU had submitted several memorandums and representatives to the state government demanding evacuation of the land encroachers from the only government science college in Kohima, but there is no action from the State government, said Awomi.
After the dharna, ANCSU also submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister through the respective Deputy Commissioner of the districts.
The union through the memorandum, stated that the Kohima Science College Jotsoma land encroachment issue being an age-old dispute, ANCSU has been repeatedly pressurizing the state government to settle this issue once and for all.
However, it lamented that the state government has miserably failed to understand the gravity of the matter, for which the issue still remains unsettled.
Conveying its dissatisfaction towards the State Government’s delay in bringing an amicable solution for the Kohima Science College land encroachment issue, ANCSU demanded the Government to immediately expedite the process on priority so that the college no more will be affected by this issue.
On scholarship issue, ANCSU observed the need of setting up a separate nodal cell for implementing all scholarship schemes so as to facilitate efficient implementation and disbursing of scholarships.
Pointing out that students rely much on scholarship for academic needs, ANCSU said all the students should be benefitted latest by the month of August every year.
Further, ANCSU demanded that all land encroachment issues in the district colleges and polytechnic institutions must be immediately recommended for proper land survey in order to retain the land belonging to the institutes at any cost.
The ANCSU having serious concern for the various land encroachment issues of the district government colleges, demanded for proper wall demarcation for all the Government colleges to protect its land and prevent any kind of encroachment in nearer future.
While reiterating that it will not compromise under any circumstances in delivering justice to the student’s community, ANCSU fervently conveyed that until the State Government addresses the genuine demands of the college’s students, the college students will abstain from attending regular classes.
“Against the non-commitment of the state government in addressing these core issues, the ANCSU with the college’s students will be forced to adopt severe course of actions,” the memorandum stated.
ANCSU justified that abstaining regular classes was the decision of the college units which was adopted during the meetings held in the respective district headquarters on Wednesday.
NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu, Angami Students’ Union president Visako Rino and leaders of different colleges also shared solidarity messages.
Phek: In Phek district, the protest of the ANCSU was held outside the DC office, Phek. The memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister signed by the Students’ Council Phek Government College was submitted to the DC Phek.
The memorandum demanded the government to set up a separate nodal cell for scholarships, seeking the government’s intervention in settling the Kohima Science College Jotsoma land encroachment, and urging the government to take all necessary steps to settle land disputes in all government colleges and demarcate the college land with concrete walls.
Solidarity speeches were delivered by President of Phek Town Chakhesang Students’ Union, Vice President, Students’ Council Government College of Pfutsero and Vice President of Students’ Council Government College Phek.
Dimapur: Anguished over the state government for continuously failing to address the demands of the All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU), the union on Friday organized a ‘peaceful dharna’ in resentment here at DC Court Junction which was attended by thousands of students from all the Dimapur based colleges and concluded that the dharna would continue till the government hears the voice of the students and till then students will abstain from attending classes.
The dharna witnessed speeches from students representing different colleges of the district as well as ANCSU officials, all accusing the government of not addressing the problems of the students and vowing that the fight for the rights of the students will continue even if it takes the students to come out in the heat instead when they should be attending classes.
On the occasion, the union also submitted a memorandum to CM Neiphiu Rio through DC Dimapur Sushil Kumar detailing their demands. The memorandum was read out to the attending students by ANCSU Asst. General Secy. Imtimeren N Jamir.
(Page News Service)