SKM students’ wing wants 90% of opportunities in SU to be reserved for locals

Gangtok, 01 Jul:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s students’ wing has demanded 90% reservation in the higher studies and job openings in Sikkim University for local students and candidates and has demanded that the State Government take up this issue with the Centre and other concerned authorities at the earliest. The students’ wing has further threatened to take a “strong stand” on the matter if the State government fails to do so.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM students’ wing general secretary, Sonam Chopel Sherpa, contended that local students had lots of expectations from Sikkim University when it was established in the State.

He added that since there was no reservation for local students in the university, the academically-inclined youth here have not been receiving the required opportunities to pursue the higher studies in the university which they had believed was established for them.

Mr Sherpa argued that if Article 371F of the Constitution of India can be used to protect the State Bank of Sikkim during demonetization, then the State government should be able to use this Article in the interest of local students as well so that they receive better opportunities in Sikkim University.

The SKM students’ wing vice-president, Bhim Kumari Sharma, in turn stated that despite many educated unemployed youth in the State, there was no job reservation for locals in Sikkim University. This, she said, the party has confirmed with the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim University during a recent meeting on 28 June.

SKM publicity secretary, Abhishek Sharma, contended that the State Government needs to have political will to work in the real interest of local youth and students.

Likewise, students’ wing chief convener, Karma Tashi Bhutia, claimed that Sikkim University was established for local students but it has more students from the outside the State now. He criticized the State government for not raising this issue of reservation for local students in the university.

He also stressed that there was no use of institutions or industries in the State if they did not function in the interest of Sikkim and its people.