Assam: BSU’s Indefinite strike disrupts classes in Bodoland University

Kokrajhar (Assam), Sept 22:Normal functioning and classes were totally disrupted for three days in the Bodoland University (BU) due to the indefinite strike called by the Bodoland Students Union (BSU) which continued on its third day on Saturday demanding early appointment of a new vice-chancellor and fill up the existing vacant posts lying in the university with immediate effect to pave way healthy educational environment .

The BSU is the student’s wing of the ruling Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) .

The students union are demanding removal of acting VC Prof Hemanta Kumar Baruah, whose term expired on Sept 17  last and demanded an overall healthy academic environment in the University.

The Bodoland University was established in 2009 to facilitate higher educational in BTAD regions as well lower Assam districts of the state.

The students union alleged that existing VC ,Prof Baruah’s term was over on September 17 last , yet  the state government and governor’s office  are not taking steps to appoint a new VC for the university.

The BU is yet to fulfill the conditions required to attain the UGC 12(B) status of the UGC Act.1956 which has a direct connection with immediate appointment of professors in the 17 departments and giving professorship to the teachers through career promotion.

Holding banners and placards protesters, activists and well wishers staged a protest in support of appointment of new VC in the University to create healthy academic environment in the region. The strike which started on Wednesday entered the third day today .

A memorandum containing the charter of their demands was submitted to Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner, Kokrajhar, today .

BSU said that the strike would continue until and unless a solution is arrived at with regard to the appointment of a new VC and filling up of various vacancies which are lying vacant in the University immediately.

‘We are demanding an early appointment of  a new VC in the University to make  a healthy educational environment and  smooth running of the University ‘, said Derhasat Brahma, BSU leader.

‘The important posts like the Academic Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Librarian,and Finance officer have been lying vacant for years now and we want an early appointment’ , said a protester .

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