JAC on indefinite strike, demands removal of NEHU senior staff

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JAC on indefinite strike, demands removal of NEHU senior staff

Shillong: The Joint Action Committee (JAC), which went on an indefinite strike from Monday, has affected the functioning of North East Hill University (NEHU).

The JAC, made up of teachers, non-teaching staff and students, has called for an indefinite strike following its problems with Vice-Chancellor Prof PS Shukla.
The JAC wants a list of demands that need to be met.

The JAC’s main demand now is the removal of a technical officer/senior consultant by the VC, which the JAC has termed illegal.
Classes were suspended at NEHU on Monday and only a few staff members were present.

The Vice Chancellor is on leave from November 9 to 15 and his office was also closed.

JAC Chairman Lakhon Kma expressed happiness that the first day of the strike was a success and felt that everyone was supporting their demands.
The test on Monday was also postponed.

The JAC will meet on Tuesday to further review the situation.
Some of the other demands of the JAC include the appointment of legal officers and university engineers. fixing the “deteriorating condition” of the NEHU Health Centre; relieving teaching and technical staff of “ministerial duties”;
Uploading NEHU Acts, Laws and Ordinances on University website; Requirement to hold “regular” convocation; changes in the marking system; inclusion of elected members of NEHU Students Union in the Academic Council; and review of educationally backward area quota from block to village level.

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