Shillong, Sept 9: The People’s Democratic Front, on Wednesday, met with NEHU Vice Chancellor Professor S.K.Srivastava to discuss several issues including alleged violation of statutes of the university, vacancies and more.
The PDF delegation consisted of Chairman I. Marbaniang, General SecretaryAuspicious Lyngdoh Mawphlang, Working President Shri Emlang Lyttan and Publicity Secretary Shri Eleazer Chyne.
The party informed that although the Vice Chancellor clarified that during his tenure two University Court had been held in the year 2016 and 2019, it felt that the University Court should be held Anually so that important matters such as the Annual Budget, Annual Account and other important matters.
PDF also revealed that the VC vehemently denied in overruling the statues of the University in the appointment of the Dean of various Schools and removal of HOD’s.
“The Party have urged the administration to stop appointing guest lecturers but instead to speed up the process in appointing the permanent teaching staff,” the statement from PDF read.
PDF also expressed concern over the allocation of funds as stated in the Report submited by NEHU to National Institutional Ranking Framework ( NIRF ) which shows that the fund was allocated more to Infrastructure rather than the Academic Activities.
In regards to the reported regressive ranking of the University, the party expressed disappointment and stated that the VC informed that it was due to the fact that the professors of various department of the university were unable to publish research papers in the past years.
“The Party in its point of view, feels that the main reason for the regressive ranking of the University is because of lack of appointment of permanent teaching staffs and non teaching staff and also the allocation of funds which was very minimal to the Academic field of the University,” it read.
Regarding the National Education Policy 2020, the Party suggested that the University should take an initiative to discuss it with various colleges affiliated to NEHU and the VC reportedly agreed to take the issue up at the earliest.