Sunday, September 13, 2009

CM assure local SMIT students of appropriate actions

Committee headed by retd. Chief Justice formed by State govt to look into private institutions
Students in favour of early reopening of SMIT
GANGTOK, September 12: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today assured the local students of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT) that appropriate actions will be taken over the September 9 clash that took place in the Majitar campus.
The assurance was given during a meeting of the Chief Minister with a group of local students today afternoon at his office in Tashiling Secretariat, said one of the students who attended the meeting.
In the meeting which lasted little over a half an hour, the students briefed the Chief Minister about the September 9 incident which led to the suspension of the classes at SMIT till further incident.
We highlighted to the Chief Minister that there is no government body to regulate institutions run by Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) and we requested that for an intervention from the government side so that it can regulate and take charge when such incidents happen, said the students.
The students also submitted a detailed report on the incident starting from the volley ball match till the last meeting at the campus on September 9. They also submitted copies of misreported newsitems placed in the internet over the incident along with the corrigendum copies and photos of the incident.
The students also appealed the Chief Minister that no student should be allowed to be victimized by the SMU authorities over the incident. We are apprehensive that some students may be victimized as there are students who have been victimized by the college authorities, they said.
In turn, it is informed that Chief Minister assured the students of appropriate actions from the State government side over their grievances and requests.
The Chief Minister told us that a committee headed by a retired Chief Justice will be formed to look into private institutions like Manipal in the State, said the students. The decision to form the committee was taken during the cabinet meeting today, it is informed.
The students were also asked to close the issue and win hearts through studies.
The Chief Minister also asked for cooperation from the students and has assured that no victimization will be allowed, said the students.
The students said while they are waiting from some initiatives from the State government, they are anxious to have the college reopened soon for classes. We are for the swift resumption of the classes as our studies are being hampered, the students said