State University in pathetic condition, allege students

GANGTOK, 27 Feb:

A section of students from Sikkim State University have expressed their deep dissatisfaction over the present condition of the university. They allege that even after two years of its establishment, the university still lacks proper faculties, manpower, infrastructures and other facilities which a university should be provided with as per the UGC norms.

Addressing a press conference here today, a Nepali department student, Aruna Chettri mentioned that the university was inaugurated by the then Education Minister, RB Subba on 24 August 2018 with two departments of Nepali and Sanskrit.

The Minister and senior officials had announced that ten more departments would immediately be started in the university but that has not happened, she said. There has been no progress since the university’s inauguration and the two departments it has are also not functioning smoothly.

A Sanskrit department student, Narayan Gautam demanded that the university should be run as a full-fledged university as per the UGC norms and guidelines and not from just a few rooms. The university still lacks professors, other staff, library and other facilities as per the UGC norms, he said.

The university only has a Vice-Chancellor and does not have the Controller, Registrar and Finance Officer, he stated.

“The first batch of post graduate students in Nepali and Sanskrit will pass out this year and who will be responsible if their degree is not recognized?” he questioned.

Likewise, another Nepali department student, Naresh Bista alleged that there has been no follow up or guidance from the State Government. He mentioned that even the Vice-Chancellor, GK Niroula does not have full authority and support to run the university.

He informed that students who have passed three semesters are yet to receive original marksheets and certificates.

Students have written to the previous and present government, Education Ministers and Education Department but no action has been initiated to resolve these issues, said Mr Bista.

He further informed that many students have left the university which is now left with only 46 students.