The North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) has demanded Vice Chancellor Prof Prabha Shankar Shukla to withdraw a letter issued to all principals of colleges for implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) within five days.
Sources said that the NEHUTA held a meeting today and viewed implementation of the NEP by the Vice Chancellor as “illegitimate and hasty” and taken without the approval of the academic council of NEHU, which is in gross violation the university act, statutes and ordinances.
The teachers also decided that if the VC does not withdraw the letter within the set deadline, they will boycott all academic council meetings in the future.
It may be mentioned that a letter by the Officer on Special Duty (College Development Council) was sent to all the affiliated colleges that the 110th Academic Council meeting of NEHU, the university would implement the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) immediately from this year.
NEHUTA observed that the letter was misleading and inappropriate.
According to the teachers, the 110th Academic Council did not decide upon implementation of the FYUP from the current academic year of 2023-24 since as per NEHU statues, all academic matters and their implementation are decided and overseen by the academic council.
NEHUTA has also decided to boycott setting of papers of the first semester under graduate level based on the NEP syllabus since the model question papers based on the policy was not discussed or approved by the academic council.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya College Teachers Association (MCTA) will hold an open conference to discuss on the problems in implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) and the stand of the association on August 28 at the Shillong Press Club.
The MCTA is against the forceful implementation of the NEP and had termed NEHU’s behaviour as callous, impassive and obstinate for going ahead with the policy despite not being passed by the academic council of the university.