22 colleges boycott classes, tasks as NEP stand-off in Meghalaya

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22 colleges boycott classes, tasks as NEP stand-off in Meghalaya

Shillong: Even after 45 days of the new academic session, at least 22 of the 75 colleges affiliated to Meghalaya’s North Eastern Hill University are yet to shift to the 4-year undergraduate course with the teachers’ union pressuring the university. Actively protested against. course, officials said Tuesday.
Meghalaya Teachers College Association (MCTA) General Secretary Dr Airpeace W Rani said that 22 colleges affiliated to the university are boycotting first semester classes and not taking any assignments under the new policy.
The association has requested Vice-Chancellor Prof PS Shukla to withdraw the July 12 notification mandating the implementation of NEP 2020 in all affiliated colleges.
“We made a representation on July 21 and since they remained silent, we started the non-cooperation movement from August 1,” Rani said.

According to the MCTA leader, the way to end the impasse is for the VC to withdraw the notification and go back to the old 6-semester course.
“We have been on agitation for almost a month. We request the VC to withdraw the notification and end the deadlock,” Rani said.

The MCTA said the July 12 notification claimed that the decision to implement the NEP was taken as per the decision of the 110th Academic Council of NEHU and was approved by the Executive Council.
Rani, however, said that the proceedings of the academic council did not mention anything about the implementation of NEP 2020.

Meanwhile, the NEHU VC has appreciated the resolution by the rest of the affiliated colleges to speedily adopt the Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) as envisaged in the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020).
“With the commencement of the academic session 2023-24, NEHU and its affiliated colleges embarked on this transformative educational journey to strengthen the higher education landscape in Meghalaya,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor appealed to the aggrieved college teachers union to engage in constructive dialogue to address any concerns and invited MCTA for an open discussion to resolve amicably.
He emphasized that the adoption of the FYUP scheme is a major step towards inclusive education and is confident that this transformative step will pave the way for a brighter and more enriching educational journey for the students.

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