CCCT Chisopanistaff go on pen-down strike Demand clarity on status of CCCT as a government instituti

Namchi, 27 Jul:

The faculty members and staff of Centre for Computers and Communication Technology (CCCT), Chisopani began an indefinite pen down strike from today. The strike is against the HRD department for not bringing CCCT Chisopani fully under the State Government even though the same had been announced in 2017.

According to the faculty members, the State Government had declared that the first government engineering college will be set up at CCCT under the name Sikkim Institute of Science and Technology (SIST). Subsequently, a separate administration section has been set up at the campus with SIST becoming functional from Saturday, they informed.

However, they said that there is no clarity on whether the existing faculty and staff will also come under SIST and become officially employed by the state government.

"SIST is going to run under CCCT campus and all the classes will be in CCCT infrastructure but we, 84 staff and faculties members, don't know if we are state government employees or not," they stated.

They contended that the HRDD has not given clear directions about CCCT Chisopani functioning under the state government or as an empanelled technical college although all funds for the institute is being provided by the state government since 2017.

“We will continue our protest till the HRDD gives us a clarification. They also said that the protest will be peaceful but no faculty member will take any classes till the HRDD resolves the problem,” they said.

They further informed that establishment of CCCT is one of the major initiatives taken by the Government of Sikkim for the development of technical education in the state and the polytechnic was set up under the World Bank assisted "Third Technician Education Project" of MHRD, Government of India in the year 1999.

The state Government intends the polytechnic to be a model institute with the latest technologies and facilities as a centre of excellence and was designed to address the need for employable skills to be imbibed among the youth of the state and thus CCCT Chisopani was establishedas an autonomous technical institute under the Board of Technical Education of Sikkim Government.