Gangtok, 13 Jun (IPR): A meeting was held in the chamber of the Minister HRDD, Kunga Nima Lepcha to discuss issues related to Sikkim University on 11 Jun, 2019. The meeting was also attended by MP Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba, ACS HRDD, GP Upadhyaya and his team along with representatives of the Students wing.
During the meeting it was informed that there is an unwritten convention to provide reservation upto 60% of the total intake capacity to Sikkimese students in different Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses under Sikkim University.
In this matter, the Vice Chancellor informed that he would submit a proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, to officially make 60% reservation for Sikkimese students in SU.
The Vice Chancellor also offered to discuss the matter with the University Grants Commission. It was also decided that the MP, Lok Sabha would accompany the Vice Chancellor for the same.
In the meeting it was informed that the intake in PG Courses of Sikkim University in extension centre at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong is inadequate. Thus, a request was made to explore the possibility to increase the number of seats in these PG courses. With regard to this, it was decided that an inspection team would be sent by SU to assess the possibility of increasing the number of seats and all possible support from their end was assured.
It was also informed that there are few courses which after completion have ample employment opportunities, however, it was mentioned that these courses (Chinese, Hindi, Peace and Conflict Management, Psychology, Anthropology, International Relations etc) are not being chosen by Sikkimese students. Therefore, an urgent need for creating awareness among students who have passed out of Class XII was felt.
For this purpose it was decided that HRDD would conduct awareness during its counselling session to students during admission time and also during allocation of state quota seats.
At the end, the Minister, Kunga Nima Lepcha said that this is the first meeting of its kind with Sikkim University and there will be more regular meetings and interactions in the future as well.