Irked with conditions at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), the NEHU Students Union (NEHUSU) boycotted classes today and organised a protest rally on the Shillong campus.
Students gathered at the library and planned to walk to the Vice-Chancellor’s office but, on learning that an emergency meeting of the NEHU Academic Council was being held to resolve a separate dispute with teaching and non-teaching staff, NEHUSU changed course.
Students are demanding improvements in food quality, WIFI access and infrastructure for a safer and more comfortable environment for all.
They are also demanding the establishment of a dedicated library for the School of Technology (SOT), the upgrade of computer equipment in the laboratories to facilitate effective learning and research, transparency and fairness in the marking system, ensuring that every student is assessed objectively and equitably.
NEHUSU also wants one staff member, Rohit Prasad, to be dismissed from service, alleging that he had been appointed in a “flimsy manner” as technical officer/senior consultant without any advertisement or any due process of recruitment but unilaterally by the VC. This is also one of the demands of the staff.