Gangtok, June 13: (IPR) A meeting was held in the chamber of the Hon’ble Minister HRDD Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha to discuss issues related to Sikkim University on June 11th. The meeting was also attended by Hon’ble MP Lok Sabha Shri Indra Hang Subba, ACS HRDD Shri G.P.Upadhayaya and his team along with representatives of the Students wing.
During the meeting it was informed that there is an unwritten convention to provide reservation of seats in different Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses under Sikkim University for upto 60% of the total intake capacity for Sikkimese students. In this matter the Vice Chancellor informed that he would take up this matter with the Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for provision in the Statute which can provide for 60% reservation to the Sikkimese students. The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor also offered to discuss the matter with the University Grants Commission. It was also decided that the Hon’ble MP, Lok Sabha would accompany the Vice Chancellor for the same.
In the meeting it was informed that the intake in PG Courses of Sikkim University in extension centre at Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Tadong was considered inadequate. Thus, a request was made to explore the possibility to increase the number of seats in these PG courses. With regard to this, it was decided that an inspection team would be sent by SU to access the possibility of increasing the number of seats and all possible support from their end was assured.
It was also informed that there are few courses which after completion have ample employment opportunity available, however, it was mentioned that these courses (Chinese, Hindi, Peace and Conflict Management, Psychology, Anthropology, International Relations etc) are not being opted by the Sikkimese students. Therefore, an urgent need for creating awareness among students who have passed out Class XII was felt. For this purpose it was decided that HRDD would conduct awareness during its counselling session to students during admission time of government college and also during allocation of state quota seats.
At the end, the Hon’ble Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha said that this is the first meeting of its kind with Sikkim University and there will be more regular meetings and interactions in the future as well.