Morung Express News
Dimapur | February 7
Naga students in Delhi joined the Young India Adhikar March (YIAM) on February 7 at New Delhi. The JNU Nagaland Students’ Union’s call to join the March was responded by the Naga Students Union Delhi (NSUD), Delhi Eastern Naga Students Union (DENSU), Lotha Students Union Delhi, Delhi Ao Students Union (DAKT) and several other students’ bodies from other northeast states.
According to PTI news agency, thousands of students across the country braved the winter chill and marched from the Red Fort to Parliament Street in Delhi on Thursday to demand better employment and educational opportunities under the banner Young India Adhikar March.
They were also protesting the massive unemployment rates as well as seats and fund cuts in higher education.
While joining others on various issues, Naga students also highlighted two state’s specific issues – the immediate advertisement of the 68 assistant professor and librarian posts in Department of Higher Education Nagaland and to end ‘corrupt mode’ of backdoor recruitment.
The demand comes against the backdrop of the alleged state government’s failure to advertise the newly created post of 68 assistant professors and librarian in the recently advertised Common Education Services Examination 2018 by the Nagaland Public Service Commission. Last year, the Department of Higher Education had maintained that the non-advertisement of the ‘created posts’ was due to procedural delay.
Mention may be made that the state cabinet had approved the creation of 110 assistant professors posts to be recruited within the year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 vide the Office Memorandum No. CAB 2/ 2013, Sl. No 5, dated 4th of July 2018. The office memorandum also mentioned that 68 of the 110 posts were to be created within the year 2018-2019 and the remaining 42 within 2019-2020.
Speaking to The Morung Express over phone, Jonathan, convenor of JNU Nagaland Students’ Union said “these are issues that affect everyone and therefore it is the responsibility of each and every youth to join the march.”
Jonathan maintained that for the Naga students, “the march gave a platform to raise their concerns and hoped that concerned leaders and offices take suitable actions regarding the issue.”
“Protest and marches like these should bring about changes in our hearts. Those of us protesting today will one day become the leaders and it is our moral obligation that we don’t do the same thing,” Jonathan added.
NSUD general secretary Mathiuchunbou Rimai, who also participated in the march, argued that “illegal practices of backdoor appointments should be condemned and done away with. Many deserving and capable students don’t get opportunities in our society because of bribery and nepotism.” He added that “our silence also contributes to such evils and therefore we should speak out.”