ITANAGAR, Jul 16: Following the standoff between the authority of North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) and Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) over various issues, including non-release of fellowship to PhD scholars and scholarship of GATE M. Tech, the authority on Sunday relented and released one month’s (April 2017) fellowship of Ph.D scholars and two months (April and May 2017) scholarship of GATE M. Tech students.
The development came after an emergency meeting called by Director In-charge Professor Tamo Mibang, along with Dr R P Bhattacharjee, Registrar, NERIST and deans of Student Affairs and Dean Academic.
The SUN and NERIST Research Scholar Association (NRSA) in a press conference on Saturday decided to boycott academic process of NERIST as a mark of protest against the authority on non-fulfilment of their demands.
In a meeting, Professor Mibang informed that the PhD fellowship for the month of May 2017 has been cleared by the Academic Section and likely to be released soon after clearance by the Finance Section. He further informed that the Institute has deputed Deputy Registrar (Finance) to meet the officials of MHRD to pursue the early release of funds for hostels and other developmental works.
He also informed that newly appointed Chairman Board of Management (BOM),Professor U C Ray will be visiting NERIST on July 26 to attend the grievances of the students and the institute’s affairs.
Welcoming the positive response from the authority and partial fulfilment of their demands, the SUN has temporarily deferred its proposed boycott of registration on July 17 and 18.