NSF on B.Sc. Horticulture seat allotment issue
Dimapur, August 14
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has issued a statement to make aware of the initiatives taken in regard to B.Sc. Horticulture seat allotment issue.
NSF President Tongpang Ozukum and general secretary Esther Rhakho in a release said, since the day it came to the knowledge of NSF, the Federation has met the Technical Education Directorate officials and Commissioner & Secretary Higher Education twice respectively and appealed them to initiate immediate steps so as to accommodate Watinaro A. Imsong under any circumstances as she has been selected to undergo B.Sc Horticulture by Technical Education Department at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry through the AIPMT selection examination.
Showing utmost concern for the victimized student, the Federation met the Chief Secretary on July 1 and apprised her of the grieve situation and also demanded that government should immediately intervene and find a solution for Imsong as she has been denied admissions in the university allotted by the technical department.
The federation had submitted a representation to the government on August 5 giving 3 days time to find a way out to accommodate Imsong in the same university and also to take corrective measures so that such misunderstanding and communication gap does not arise in future between the departments, where innocent students are always at the receiving end.
Following the submission of the representation, the NSF said that government of Nagaland has written to NEC Secretary on August 5 itself, requesting to allot another B.Sc Horti seat under NEC quota to accommodate Imsong in the same Institute. However, it said that NEC could respond only after August 14. The NSF has been awaiting the response of the NEC to the government of Nagaland.
The department of Technical Education which is the Nodal department and the Horticulture Department are maintaining its own right basing on the letter given by North East Council (NEC) for nomination of candidate to undergo 4 year B.Sc Horti at Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry. The NSF said, it is the duty of the government of Nagaland and not Naga Students’ Federation to clear the confusion and misunderstanding between the government agencies and departments and take necessary action or corrective measure against the defaulting department.
“The duty of the NSF is for the welfare of the students’ community and in this case, to accommodate Watinaro A. Imsong for the B.Sc Horti seat is considered top most priority by the NSF and therefore federation have been working on that, since the day it came to the knowledge on the NSF. The NSF stands firm that in the midst of such impasse between the government agencies, victimizing innocent students will not be tolerated.”
The NSF has always acknowledged and appreciated constructive suggestion from any individual, group or organization. The federation appealed to all the citizens to refrain from throwing derogatory and maligning remarks, intended to tarnish the image of the federation and the officials without ascertaining the reality.
The NSF reiterated its demand to the government to take prompt action to accommodate Imsong for B.Sc Horti and also reminded the government on its earlier suggestion to either include Horticulture and Forest department as members of State Common Selection Board or make it mandatory for the technical department to notify/intimate to the allied departments of any decision or resolution taken by the State Common Selection Board, otherwise it said, such misunderstanding and communication gap between the departments would continue occur in future which is hampering the academic career and life of innocent students.