College teachers in the State under the banner of Meghalaya College Teachers’ Association (MCTA) have decided to continue their boycott of the first year semester classes which they resorted to since August 1.
The decision was taken by MCTA after a three-hour discussion with NEHU vice chancellor Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla failed to make any breakthrough as he refused to revoke the July 12 notification issued to all affiliated colleges to implement the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
The MCTA delegation met Prof. Shukla on his invitation to discuss on how to resolve the deadlock related to implementation of NEP for the first year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
“The vice chancellor has refused to withdraw the notification but only agreed to place it before the next Academic Council for rectification. Therefore we told him, if you don’t withdraw the notification, how do you expect us to withdraw the non-cooperation movement,” MCTA general secretary Airpeace W. Rani told media persons after the meeting.
Rani also termed as “blatant lie” the claim by Prof. Shukla that the NEP was implemented in compliance with the decision taken by the 110th Academic Council of NEHU.
“When we asked whether they will withdraw the notification, the vice chancellor responded that they will not withdraw since the majority of the colleges have gone ahead with the implementation of the new courses under the NEP and that till date not a single principal had come forward to give a representation that they cannot implement the new degree courses. Therefore, we said since the notification was not approved by the academic council, it is illegal. We want him to withdraw the notification and if he fails to do so, we cannot withdraw the ongoing non-cooperation movement as we cannot comply with something which is illegitimate,” Rani said.