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Govt neglecting Dist colleges, polytechnics: ANCSU


Dimapur, March 9: The All Nagaland College Students” Union (ANCSU) has revealed irregularities and gross negligence of District colleges and Government polytechnics by the State Government and has demanded the concerned department/authority to take immediate necessary actions to avoid further misunderstanding.
In a report of its recent 2nd phase Education Tour 2019 from March 4-7, the ANCSU said during its visit to Government Polytechnic Seithekema-C Dimapur it was found that there is no proper road connectivity and lack of proper basic amenities. The institute also lack staff quarters and boys hostels. It also has only one regular lecturer and is in immediate need of computer, physics lecturers.
In its visit to Government Polytechnic Tsunazho, Phek, it was found that the institute lacks regular teaching staffs, staff quarters and workshop, while the equipments and materials supplied by the suppliers are yet to be installed and remained unpacked as it was brought.
ANCSU said Rs 2.64 crore was sanctioned for Government Polytechnic Seithekema-C Dimapur and Rs. 2.07 crore for Government Polytechnic Tsunazho, Phek for supply of laboratory equipments and various materials during 2017-18. ANCSU said it inspected the equipments and materials supplied by the suppliers and found that it were of less quantity and poor quality.
During interaction with the staffs of the institute, ANCSU said it was shocked to learn the confession that the authority of the institute was asked and compelled by the Directorate of Technical Education to issue a receipt certificate to the suppliers/contractors. “The institution officials were told not to authenticate the equipment which is necessary for commissioning before the issuing of receipt certificate and release of fund to the supplier/ contractor,” ANCSU claimed.
Stating that institutions cannot compromise the quality of education imparted to the students’ and the society cannot effort to allow such practices that hampers the process of learning, ANCSU demanded the concerned authority to immediately intervene and reject all the compromised equipments/ materials and reinstate quality and quantity equipments/ materials, as prescribed and required within 30 days, failing which ANCSU will resort to its own course of action.
It also appealed to the Directorate of Technical Education to withhold the release of any backlog payments to any of the suppliers/ contractors involved until the matter is resolved and the institution demand is fulfilled.
During its visit to Phek Government College, ANCSU said the college authority informed about shortage of teaching staffs in all the departments, while almost half of the total strength of teaching staffs were on contract basis. “In the science stream, each department is struggling with one or a maximum of two lecturers. The officials were also informed that due to shortage of lecturers it is not possible to complete the syllabus before the upcoming end semester examinations.”
On the visit to Pfutsero Government College, the college authority informed about land dispute at the official quarters of the principal and vice-principal.
During visit to Dimapur Govt. College, the college authority informed that the boys hostel (under construction) has been left abandoned and unattended for almost two years now. The construction of science block building is yet to be completed and has no sign of completing any soon, whereas the college is supposed to start its science stream by the current academic year, ANCSU said, adding no lecturers have been sanctioned for the science stream till date. (Page News Service)