Dimapur, July 13: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has urged the Government of Nagaland to make it mandatory for all colleges in the State to get National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation.
“The central government has changed its pattern and mode of funding to the colleges according to its performances. Therefore, the Federation would like to impress upon your authority that, the colleges be made mandatory to undertake the NAAC in order to account for quality and standard education,” it said in a representation to the Chief Minister of Nagaland.
The representation was submitted after the federation undertook educational tours to various colleges in the State.
On grant-in-aid to private colleges, the NSF said till the academic year 2014, the colleges had been receiving a nominal amount of financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid from the Department of Higher Education. But it lamented that since the academic year 2015, the grant has been drastically slashed to a meager amount (almost up to 80% out of the total amount
received in the year 2014). It demanded that the Government allocate more funds in order to provide for adequate assistance in the form of grant-in-aid to the colleges.
Regarding Assistant Professors on contract appointment, the NSF said the salary paid to them is just a “meager amount” and taking into consideration the workload and services rendered by the Assistant professors, the NSF appealed to the Government to review and enhance the salary.
Referring to the Cabinet meeting minutes no. CAB-2/2013 dated the 5th July, 2018 on the approval for creation of 110 Assistant Professor posts in various colleges in the State under the Department of Higher Education, the federation demanded that all posts should be requisitioned to the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) and for appointment of the said posts, strict adherence to the laid down norms of recruitment should be followed
The NSF also informed that all Government run colleges in the State do not receive any materials for library, and urged the Government to adequately supply study materials for college libraries.
On bio-metric attendance, the NSF said few colleges have introduced bio-metric attendance and recommended that the same system be established in all the colleges as it improves the efficiency and regularity of the staffs in the institutions, and it will enable “No Work, No Pay” in totality.
The NSF appealed to the Chief Minister to address the legitimate matters it had cited in the interest of the student community and sought a written reply to the NSF office within 20 days on receipt of the representation. (Page News Service)