Sikkim Univ Students Association objects to University’s name being used for ‘political goals’; demands better infra
First Published: 16th March, 2023 20:14 IST
SUSA also highlighted the lack of proper infrastructure in the University campus and demanded immediate completion of the campus building with proper facilities
The Sikkim University Students Association (SUSA) has strongly opposed political organizations using the name of the University for achieving ‘political goals’.
In a statement issued on March 16, the Students Association cited the incident of March 15 when students of the University had to take their exams under candlelight as the state faced a severe power outage due to heavy hailstorm and snowfall.
Opposition SDF’s Student Front was quick enough to attack the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government, alleging that the SKM government had regressed Sikkim back in time from as age of technology and artificial intelligence to stone era as students of Sikkim University appeared the exam under candlelight. SDF Student Front also alleged that the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) neglected the education sector as the basic needs such as electricity during exam time have been ignored.
The Students Association expressed dissatisfaction in the manner in which political organizations used the University’s name and termed it as “unacceptable and goes against the spirit of academic freedom and independence.”
“The Sikkim University Students Association (SUSA) is dissatisfied with the way that some political organisations have recently used the name of our university to forward their own political goals. We believe that the use of our university name for political purposes is unacceptable and goes against the spirit of academic freedom and independence,” the Association said in the release.
The Students Association also urged all concerned parties to respect the autonomy of the university and refrain from using their name for political purposes.
“We urge all concerned parties to respect the autonomy of our University and refrain from using our name for political purposes. We also call upon the media and the public to support our demand for faster progress in the construction of our campus building. SUSA is committed to working closely with the University authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that our demands are met and that our University continues to grow and thrive,” said the statement.
The Association, while opposing the political organisations’ behaviour, also highlighted the lack of proper infrastructure in the University. “While we understand that bad weather conditions can cause power cuts and inconvenience, we want to make it clear that power cuts are not the only problem we are facing at Sikkim University; we face numerous other problems due to unavailability of our permanent campus. The slow progress of our campus building is a major concern for us. As a student association, we demand faster progress in the construction of our campus building.”
The Sikkim University Students Association (SUSA) has urged university officials and other relevant stakeholders to work together to find solutions and ensure that the construction of our campus building proceeds at a faster pace while maintaining quality standards and safety regulations.
“We acknowledge that building construction is a complex and time-consuming process that involves various stakeholders. However, we believe that there are ways to expedite the process and address the issues that are causing delays. We call upon the university authorities and other relevant stakeholders to work collaboratively to find solutions and ensure that the construction of our campus building progresses at a faster pace while ensuring quality standards and safety regulations”, the statement said.
By Bhargobi Khanud
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