Kohima, June 24 (NE): The National Students Union of India (NSUI), Nagaland state incharge and National secretary, Kabir Ahamad, in a letter to the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today, appealed for promotion of students across Universities and Colleges of Nagaland and fee waiver for
present enrolled student.
Through an online survey undertaken by NSUI and petition at change.org; a large number of students pressed for the demand that the University administration culminates the present semester on the present month of June 2020 itself and continue with the subsequent semester at the earliest, once lockdown measures have been removed, stated NSUI.
The Union stated that present experimentation with online classes has not been successful across Nagaland as students belonging to interior rural areas are facing difficulties with connectivity, making online classes and scope of online examinations a luxury available to only few.
It further mentioned that any conduction of physical examination in the present climate would risk the increased chance of community infection. Also, Hostel facilities across the Universities of Nagaland have been transformed into “Quarantine Centers”. Making students come back and reside in such quarantine zones at times when the pandemic continues, put their lives in extreme danger, added NSUI.
Hence, in the student’s interest, the NSUI requested the CM for considering the option of compulsory promotion of students in 1st and 2nd year to their subsequent semesters, and that the final year students be allowed to graduate based on the performance in previous years with an additional 10% marks. This would ensure every student to graduate in time without risking the health and safety of themselves including their family members, it added.
Highlighting that majority of students and their families are out of source of income and livelihood (except Government employees), making the financial burden of fees unsustainable for them, they said that students have come forward stating that if no fees waiver is provided, they have to drop out of their higher education to look for manual jobs in-order to sustain themselves and their families.
Therefore, the Union in the interest of the students, appealed to waive their fees under financial packages provided by the Central Government, and also to waive off interest on education loans for at least 6 months while providing an extra 6 months to the start of repayment date of such students so that such loans by lending institutions don’t turn into NPAs.