SHILLONG | June 09, 2019:
The North Eastern Hills University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) has threatened to demand for resignation of the vice chancellor if he fails to fill up all the vacancies of the teaching faculties in the various departments within a period of six months.
“We want to make it very clear to the vice chancellor and all the stakeholders of the university to take steps to fill up the vacancies within six months. If the UGC cut the grant of the university due to the failure to fill up the vacant posts then we would demand for the resignation of the vice chancellor,” NEHUSU adviser, Rangdajied Marwein told reporters recently.
According to him, the lack of teaching faculties has degraded the university to a great extent.
He further said that the UGC had recently released an ultimatum to all the central universities that should fill up the vacant posts of the teaching faculties within six months. “If the vacancies of the faculties are not filled up then the UGC would be compelled to cut the grants,” Marwein said.
Informing that time and again, the union had wrote to the university authorities to fill up the vacancies in various departments, he said that till date they are yet to response to the demand of the students’ body.
“The students who wanted to pursue future course of studies like the PhD or opt for a specialised paper cannot do so due to lack of teaching faculties. We are also concerned that if the vacancies are not filled up then the grants would be cut down automatically by the UGC,” NEHUSU adviser said.
Informing that recently they had agitated demanding the filling up of vacancies of the teaching faculties in the Geography department, he said that they are not blaming the department since they do not have the administrative power to fill up vacancies.
Marwein also informed that the university authorities had adopted the policy to appoint guest chancellors to address the problem of the lack of teaching faculties.
“But the appointment to appoint guest lecturers would not solve the problem. The guest lecturers would not be able to guide students who wanted to opt for special papers. The lack of administrative will by the vice chancellor has created a situation where the university has not grown academically,” NEHUSU adviser said.
He further said that the vice chancellor has been claiming that he is not in station due to official work.
“We understand the responsibility of the vice chancellor. But we will like to know the benefits that the university got due to his visits to other States. We would like to know if the grants of the university have gone up; whether the vacancies have been filled up,” Marwein said.
Meanwhile, NEHUSU adviser said that the issue of lack of hostel facilities in the university is still plaguing.
“We have thousands of students who are pursuing their studies in the university. But the numbers of hostels remain the same. This has pose great difficulties to students belonging to economically weaker sections as they cannot afford to rent houses since the monthly rent in Shillong city is very high,” he added.