NU: still waiting for growing space

Dimapur, May 1 (MExN): A nonexistent “grievances cell”, classrooms so crowded students attend classes ‘from outside; an institution with its headquarters miles away; an authority irresponsive to the plight of its students. These were some of the grievances listed out by the post-graduate students’ union of Nagaland University to their vice chancellor today.  

In an “open letter” addressed today, the PGSU of Lumami campus today sought response from the VC over what the PGSU called the “so-called infamous grievances cell.” The cell was to have been constituted within a week according to a joint resolution of September 26. Even after repeated requests and ample time for response, the vice chancellor’s office has failed to provide information on the status of the cell. There is no grievance cell, the PGSU declared.   

The students then sought the VC’s attention to the present departmental building which the PGSU said no longer can serve the students, staffers and the faculty of the university. The number of students has increased and the class rooms at present cannot accommodate all the students or the ‘equipments’, the union said adding that lectures and classes have to be attended ‘from outside’. 

The PGSU suggested that the equipments should be moved outside for all the students to be accommodated. The students lamented that NU, a central university, has no classrooms for M.Phil and Ph.D programs; no laboratory facilities for science students, no departmental libraries, no separate rooms for professors, readers and lecturers and no separate rooms for studies. The PGSU has taken note of the serious state of affairs, and have taken a stand to shift the departments to the newly-constructed buildings by the end of the first and third semester examinations or latest by the ending week of May.  

The union then reminded the VC of the protracted issue of shifting the university’s headquarters to Lumami. It was explained to the VC that there was lack or inadequate infrastructure in the early years of NU for which it was not possible to shift headquarters. However today, the union said, new buildings have come up while some are about to be completed. The union said it is the earnest desire of the students, the staffers and the faculty to see the university function, headquartered at Lumami. Here the PGSU mentioned the VC’s announcement on March 15, 2007 and April 4, 2007, to shift to NU’s headquarters, Lumami. “We will be looking forward to the realization of your promises and our dream of shifting the headquarter to Lumami by the first week of June 2009,” the PGSU stated. 

The PGUS has warned the vice chancellor of “undesirable steps” if there is any more delay in shifting the headquarters. It will give birth to frustration and resentment in the students, staffers and faculty, the union added in its letter.