Gyalshing College student groupunhappy with campus construction


SAGAR CHETTRI

GANGTOK, 03 Feb: A section of students of Gyalshing Government College held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Education Department on Wednesday to express their dissatisfaction over the progress of ongoing construction works of the first phase of the college campus. They have been

seeking a meeting with the Education Minister to discuss early completion of the college campus.

Speaking to media persons today, a student of Gyalshing Government College, Praveen Sharma

mentioned that as per the written assurance given by the government on 19 March 2020 the first phase of the construction was to be completed within three months following which tender process was to begin for the second phase of the work. He informed that despite the written assurance to complete the

first phase of work within three months, only around 50% of the work was completed in the first phase even after 10 months. “Due to slow work progress in the first phase there has been delay in starting the second phase of the works for the college campus,” he said. Mr Sharma mentioned that as per the

written assurance, the department had assured to complete the works of the college campus according

to the blueprint of 2010 in two different phases. He added that in the first phase of works, playground, fencing, auditorium and others was to be completed within three months. After this, the tender process was to begin for the works in the second phase which includes main academic building, boys and girls

hostel and others. He mentioned that around 35 students of the college reached Gangtok on Tuesday to meet the Education Minister. “We could not meet the Minister yesterday but we met and discussed

the matter with the Additional Chief Secretary to Education Department and he stated that the works got delayed due to COVID-19,” he said. On the same, Mr Sharma said that relaxations in COVID protocol

were made in the latter half of 2020 and Sikkim even opened its borders to tourists from October.

However, as per the written assurance the first phase of work was to be completed within three

months from October to December. “We want to have a talk with the Minister to bring out an amicable

solution to ensure that students of Gyalshing College get a permanent campus. We are hopeful

that the Minister would give his 20 minutes to resolve the issue,” Mr Sharma said. He mentioned that

the college was started in 2011 and even after 10 years of its establishment the college still lacks a main academic building. Enrolment in the college increased this year due to the pandemic and the Government has taken a noble initiative by starting PG courses in the college, he added. However, it is difficult to have PG courses without an academic building, he said.