ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) while paying homage
to the martyrs of 1962 war has questioned the silence of the government. Terming
it a forgotten war it said that on the 50th year after the war, there is not even
a message from New Delhi and Itanagar in honour of the war heroes.
Why have UPA govt and our state govt forgotten that it has been 50 years since the
war, the students union asked.
The great sacrifice of our soldiers should not be forgotten, the students union added.
It further said that Army is yet to come up with a permanent structure even after
50 years even though the it has occupied most of the district’s land.
On the silence of the media, it asked whether it was interested only in raising issues
against small countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh?
It thanked an NGO Yuva Arunachal for organizing the 1962 Martyr’s Soccer tournament
in collaboration with Indian Army.
MLA visits rain-hit areas
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso along the CO has visited various flood
ravaged areas of Capital, including Yupo, Chandranagar market line, Ganga Market,
Akashdeep, Abotani Colony and Kime Colony to take stock of the damages caused by
torrential rain on July 2 night.
During its spot visit, the MLA found that around 200 families were affected and good
number of shops in Ganga Market damaged by the gushing drain/nallah water in the
Capital. Flash flood also caused damage to many retention walls and dwelling
houses in many other locations in Capital, said Kaso in a release.
The Capital DC also visited Damsite and various other locations in Naharlagun area
to have first hand information of the flood damage.
While stressing the need of circle-level assessment of properties lost in the flash
flood, the MLA appealed to the state Govt to take immediate steps for providing relief
assistance to affected people.
Governor, CM greet people on Dree
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Governor JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki conveyed warm
greetings and good wishes to all the people of the State, particularly the Apatani
community on the auspicious occasion of Dree Festival.
In his festival message, the Governor wished that the festivity would usher-in bumper
harvest, prosperity and happiness for all.
In his message, Tuki said: “May the warmth and splendor, that are a part of this
auspicious occasion, fill your life with happiness prosperity for the whole year
and also in the years to come. May the festival fill the atmosphere with the spirit
of mirth and love”.
“The celebration of the festival carries forward the tribe's vibrant and rich culture
and tradition and helps us preserve it and pass on to the younger generation. As
a matter of fact, festivals are the mirrors of the people's culture” the message
Dree, is an Agriculture based festival of Apatani tribe celebrated for thanking the
Gods for their providence and for saying a prayer for a bumper crops.
ABSU appeals for shifting of JNV
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) has appealed to the East Siang
Deputy Commissioner to shift the Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) from the proposed
site of upper campus of JN College to somewhere in rural areas.
In its letter to the Deputy Commissioner, ABSU said that establishment of the Vidyalaya
at upper campus of JN College would not only create chaos, disturbances and indiscipline
amongst the students but also create problem for future expansion of the proposed
State University, the site for which has also been proposed within the JNC campus.
It further reasoned that the said unit of JNV has been sanctioned for rural areas
whereas the present proposed site for establishment of the school falls under urban
Claiming encroachment of college land by local residents, ABSU also urged the DC
to take strict action against the encroachers and evict them immediately.
AAPTWA for fair recruitment
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has appealed
to all the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to conduct recruitment
drive of APPBn/IRBn with transparency and without political interference.
The Association said they will not tolerate any kind of corruption and political
interference in recruitment into armed forces since it involves security of the state.
The Association further urged the Govt to increase seats in ST category for the same
Union demands posting of doctors
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Mara Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) has called for posting
of allopathic and homeopathic doctors at PHC Baririjo for the benefit of poor citizen.
The Union said poor villagers can not afford to go to Daporijo and Itanagar for minor
treatment. Therefore, posting of doctors in the PHC would be very beneficial to the
poor people, it said.
CASTA-AP backs AAPTWA
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Cement and Steel Traders Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CASTA-AP)
has backed All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfares (AAPTWA)’s press statement in favour
Mishings which stated that the Mishings are permanent inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh
and they have every right to demand recognition as Adis.
Fight against corruption
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-corruption Activist Association (AAPACAA)
has called upon the people of the state to be more vigilant against rampant corruption
in the state. The Association said MLAs and MPs of the state are enjoying luxurious
life and travelling to foreign countries in the name of learning some new innovative
ideas. However they are not implementing the same ideas after coming back to the
“The condition of our government assets including schools and building are in dilapidated
condition. But MLAs, MPs, Engineers, directors and various govt employees are constructing
beautiful buildings for themselves. Many Govt quarters have also been encroached
upon. Poor people of state should wake up against such corrupt practices,” the association
Demand for early commencement of college
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The various students union of Upper Subansiri, including All Upper
Subansiri District Students’ Union and community based students unions have demanded
the State Government and the authorities concerned to start the Govt College Daporijo
from this academic session.
The student unions said that a meeting was held by the district administration last
month regarding establishment/commencement of the college in which it was decided
that the college would temporarily start functioning from the Government Hr. Sec.
School, Daporijo from this academic session. But, there is still a lot to be done
for commencement of the college as the authority has not yet posted any staff for
the college, the students unions said.
Criticizing the authority responsible for the delay in commencement of the college,
they demanded the state government to give privilege to the students of Upper Subansiri
in getting admission in other colleges of the state as admission date of all the
colleges is supposed to be closed in this month.
NYC training on artificial flower making
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh, a partner institute
of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati under Ministry of Micro, Small
and Medium Enterprises has started a 30 days training programme for 60 unemployed
youths on Artificial Flower Making and Woolen Garments Manufacturing at its Chandanagar
centre here today.
The inaugural function was attended by Lamai Tingwa and Kissume Namchoom, NYP Coordinator
along with Master Trainer Subu Anga.
Certificates to all the successful trainees would be given on completion of the training
besides providing handholding support for establishments of their own unit or support
for self employment.
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The school managing committee (SMC) of Govt Middle School, Ess-Sector
Itanagar along with school staff, students and general public organized an awareness
programme and social service at the school compound on June 30. During the awareness
programme SMC president M T Anga and headmaster Taso Tale stressed on the need of
maintaining cleanliness and implementation of the RTE in effective manner.
RUKSIN, Jul 04: The Director General of Border Road Organization (BRO) Lt. Gen. S
Ravishankar has declared open the 450.30 metre-long RCC bridge over Simen river at
Simen Chapori of Assam about 40 km west of Ruksin in a simple function today. The
construction of this bridge was a long-pending demand of the people of both Assam
and Arunachal. With the opening of the bridge, a long-pending demand of the people
has been fulfilled.
Among others, the Union Defense Minister for State M M Pallam Raju, North Lakhimpur
(Assam) MP Ranee Narah, administrative officers from Dhemaji and BRO officials attended
The bridge project was started at the cost of Rs 24 crore in November 2007 under
“Project Udayak” of the BRO and it took five years to complete.
It may be recalled that the railway bridge on Simen river was the joint passage for
both NH-52 and NF meter-gauge railway (recently converted to BG line) for the last
five decades since its construction in 1962. But, alleged apathy of NF Railway authority
towards repairing the bridge made it a death trap from time to time.
The NH -52 highway is the lifeline for the people living in Siang belt of Arunachal
and essential commodities are transported through this road. The highway is passing
parallel to the Rangiya-Murkongselek rail route and enters Arunachal at Ruksin gate.
Delay in construction of the Simen bridge had drawn massive protest from all sections
of the local people for the past few years.
Tree plantation marks Van Mahotsava
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: With the theme of ‘Go Green’, the 63rd Van Mahotsava was observed
at Don Bosco School Nonpu-Doimukh by planting trees in the school premises yesterday.
The students, teachers and public led by Forest officials planted more than 175 saplings
in and around the school campus.
The Principal of the Don Bosco School Fr. Sebastian T. J in his speech exhorted the
students to plant more trees and safeguard the Mother Planet Earth.
Range Forest Officer Chukhu Tanya and ZPM Tana Bado highlighted the importance of
trees for survival of human being and asked students to save environment.
Various events like skits, speech, poem recitation and dances competition were held
for the students to create awareness among them of the need to save environment.
The programe was initiated by the Department of Environment and Forest under Doimukh
Mena achieves yet another milestone
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Everester Tine Mena achieved another milestone by successfully
climbing the Mt. Indrasen. Mena (deputy team leader) along with team leader Bandana
Gurung from Darjeeling and member Shanti Rai from Sikkim reached the mountain peak
with an altitude of 6221Mt in Himachal Pradesh on June 19 last.
This was Mena’s second summit after she scaled the Mt. Everest last year.
While congratulating Mena for her rare achievement, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs
D.K. Dinglow, informed that Arunachal Pradesh has huge potentials in adventure sports
like mountaineering, river rafting, para gliding, para sailing, trekking etc. He
opined that if the adventure sports is taken up seriously, then unemployed problem
in the state would be solved to a great extent through creation of self employment
The expedition was conducted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, (IMF), New Delhi.
GWS go down fighting 1-2 to East Kameng FA
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Gyamar Welfare Society (GWS) of Nyapin went down fighting 1-2 to
East Kameng FA (EKFA) while Gora Makik SC ‘B’ was held to a 2-2 draw by Barapani
FC in the Gora Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun
The GWS shot into lead 14th minute of the match through goal from Sankar Bagang.
Atam Bagang added another goal in 58th minutes of the second half to make it 2-0.
However, the margin was reduced to 1-2 in the 72nd minute with a goal from Tadar
Gora Makik SC ‘B’ could not hold on to their 1-0 early lead and played out a 2-2
draw with Barapani FC.
Dari Payo scored in 4th and 61st minutes for Gora Makik SC ‘B’ while Tagio Raju
and Yumje Bimpak scored a goal each for the Barapani team in 29th and 50th minutes
Meanwhile, the organizing committee of the tournament has expelled the Sagalee Sporting
Club from the tournament for not complying with the rules and regulations of the
tournament. The decision was taken by the disciplinary committee in consultation
with Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) and Arunachal Pradesh Football
Players Association (APFPA) after the team refused to play the remaining duration
of the match against Gora Makik SC ‘A’.
The match between Sagalee SC and Gora Makik SC ‘A’ was abandoned with the score 1-1
on July 2.
Gora Makik SC ‘A’ has been given a walk over into the next match.
*1.45 pm - 1.45 pm Jiyo aur Jinado FC v/s Arunachal United FC
*3.30 pm - Capital Complex SC v/s Tayar Brothers FC
Tacho calls for helicopter service to evacuate stranded people
Nature’s fury in Dibang Valley
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Urban Developmen, Housing, Town Planning and Fisheries Minister
and Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho has appealed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to press helicopter
into special service between Itanagar and Anini to evacuate stranded people and
medical patients from the district.
“The torrential rain for the last one month has caused heavy landslides and road
blockades in various important locations of highways connecting Anini to other parts
of the state. Heavy rain has also caused extensive damage to lives and properties
in major parts of Dibang Valley district. The BRTF road between Roing and Anini which
is the lifeline of the district has completely been damaged in various points. Many
small bridges along the road have also been washed away and the district remained
cut from rest of the country,” Tacho said in a letter written to CM.
He further added, “Now essential ration commodities and life saving drugs have fallen
short in the district. There will be tremendous food crisis in the district if the
situation does not improve. Apart from this, the patients suffering from serious
ailments need to be evacuated immediately for safety of their lives. A huge number
of people, including students studying in various places have been stranded at Anini
because of road blockade.”
Tacho further claimed that there has been no electricity and telephone connection
in the district for the last one month. However, a couple of days ago the district
administration had claimed that electricity supply from Awapani and Chini-Afra hydel
station was restored.
“Keeping in view the problems being faced by the people of Dibang Valley, there is
urgent need to arrange special Helicopter service from Itanagar to Anini twice in
a week preferably on Wednesday and Saturday to evacuate the stranded people and patients
with serious aliments from the district,” the leter added.
AAPSU urges Centre for adequate flood relief fund
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today appealed to
the central government to release adequate fund for relief assistance to the flood
affected people of the state.
Arunachal has witnessed disaster and natural calamities due to heavy torrential rain
in recent time, AAPSU said in a release.
While pointing out the reports of roads snapping, damages of houses and washing
away of properties including livestock, loss of precious lives, inundation of agricultural
fields due to flood water and land slide triggered by heavy down pour, the Apex
Students body urged the Central Govt to pay attention to the suffering people of
People of Arunachal Pradesh like its neighboring state Assam also needs to be equally
treated and Centre should pump in adequate fund to cope with the present situation,
The apex students’ body also called upon the state government to be pro active and
pursue the union government for relief fund. The people of the state face the wrath
of the nature’s fury every year and are always at the receiving end. The government
needs to restore the road link to district and circle headquarters, outpost that
have been disrupted by heavy rain and landslide, AAPSU said.
Meanwhile, AAPSU denounced the remark made by a Punjab Congress MLA Ajit Singh Mofar
that stray dogs be sent to North East for “whatever they do them.”
The derogatory remarks of the MLA with racial tone shows his attitude towards the
people of North East, AAPSU said and condemned the it in strongest term. “Mofar must
be booked. He needs to tender a public apology before entire people of the North
East,” the Union said.
Bring lost glory of Apex Bank : Gamlin
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Minister for Co-operation and State Transport Services, Jarkar
Gamlin appealed to the management and employees of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Apex Bank (APSCAB) to work sincerely in order to bring the lost glory of the bank.
Inaugurating the 32nd Apex Bank branch at Chimpu, Gohpur Tinali today Gamlin said
the Bank should learn a lesson from past and previous mistakes must not be repeated
at any cost in future. He assured that State Govt will extend full support for the
development of Apex Bank if and when requires.
In his address, T T Gamdik, Secretary, Cooperation asked the Bank employees to provide
satisfactory services to the customers for expansion of bank business and mutual
The GM, NABARD regional office, Dr. P Radhakrishnan appreciated Apex Bank for opening
of a branch in unbanked area and appealed for formation of SHGs. NABARD will extend
all possible help to the Apex Bank for implementation of NABARD’s schemes, he assured.
R D Thongon, Jt. RCS, expressed his satisfaction on present functioning of the Bank
and assured to process any proposal related with the development of the Bank from
RCS office to the state Govt for assistance.
The APSCAB has decided to introduce core banking system (SBS) in all the Apex bank
branches by December 12, said Apex Bank Managing Director Tsering Thongdok.
A training centre for bank staff and LAMPS has already been established and steps
are being taken to open mini bank branches and extension counters to provide banking
service at the door-step of the people, Thongdok added.
The Apex Bank MD further informed that LAMPS would be encouraged to undertake banking
business for the benefit of large number of customers.
Highlighting the brief history of the Apex bank, Thongdok said the bank deposit
has increased to nearly Rs 100 crores as on March 31 from around Rs 48 crores in
2010. The bank is also extending loans to weaker sections of the society through
LAMPS, SHGs and Farmers Clubs etc.
Forum demands resignation of Tanga Byaling
ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Arunachal Righteous Forum (ARF) has demanded the Chief Minister
to drop Power (E) and RD Minister Tanga Byaling from his council of ministers for
his alleged involvement in illegal appointments and corruption.
ARF, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, alleged that a total of 357 illegal/backdoor
appointments were made by him in various departments during his tenure as Ministers
of Social Welfare and Child Development, Rural Development, Textiles & Industries
and Health and Family Welfare.
The idea of re-structuring the Department of Power by renaming the then Planning
and Monitoring Zone as Transmission and Monitoring Zone despite objection from Secretary
Power and Chief Secretary has been mooted by then Chief Engineer, EEZ through Byaling,
the memorandum said. It further alleged rampant signing of MoUs and awarding contract
works by the minister to many firms without complying with due process of laws and
procedures, protection of corrupt officials, arbitrary appointment of TCIL as projects
monitoring and inspection agency, involvement in infamous PDS scam, misappropriation
of Central Government fund amounting to Rs1.8 crore for construction of Angan Wadi
Centre (AWCs) etc.
Tirap district career counseling cell constituted
KHONSA, Jul 04: The first ever Tirap District Career Counselling Cell (TDCCC) was
constituted under the chairmanship of Tirap Deputy Commissioner Sachin Shinde yesterday.
The DC threw light on the significance of forming TDCCC and asked the members to
work out modalities to make the Cell a truly functional and beneficial venture for
the students of Tirap. He asked them to liaise with the Principal of Ramakrishna
Mission School, Narottam Nagar to find out how the renowned institution prepares
its students for entrance examination. Shinde said that to begin with the TDCCC should
prepare aspiring candidates for Medical and Engineering entrance Examination adding
that in due course Career Trade Fair for all categories of jobs would be held in
On the same day a walk- in-interview was conducted under the aegis of Third Eye Infosys,
Guwahati in the Conference Hall of Circuit House, Khonsa for selection of eligible
candidates for an employment oriented training programme in Computer Hardware and
Networking, Computer Software and Programming and BPO/Call Centre Management sponsored
by North Eastern Council, Shillong.
Altogether 43 candidates from Tirap and the newly created Longding district appeared
in the interview.
The Third Eye Infosys Authority assured to declare the short-listed results by July
The public, parents, students and teachers lauded the effort of the organizers and
hoped that more such interviews would be conducted in future also to provide job
opportunities for the aspiring students. DIPRO
Private University at Ziro:
A political act in the name of higher education
As many innocent souls eagerly awaits ‘grand’ opening of the first private university
at Zio, the district headquarters of Lower Subansiri, there are some ‘enlightened’
souls who are engaged themselves in somewhat hot debates in the social sites. Facebook
seems to be the top runner. An impression that comes out of my participation is that
the facebookers on the issue are more or less equally divided. Another not-so-impressive
impression that could be gathered is that those who attempts to pin point a loophole
about the university runs a big risk of being branded as anti-development, belonging
to the hostile political camp. Whatever may be the risk, it’s our social as well
as academic responsibility to make our innocent brothers understand the sequences
and consequences of development of a university being established by a lesser-known
Initially, the World Institution Building Programme proposed Arunachal Pradesh University
of Vocational, Technological and Medical Sciences. With the change of government,
the nomenclature was changed to Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences
University. The bill for the establishment of IGTMS University was passed by the
Fifth legislative of Arunachal Pradesh, which was assented by the Governor in the
month of May, 2012.
The state government, under VII Schedule of the Constitution, is within its legislative
competence to make an enactment regarding incorporation of a University. However,
it is the responsibility of the Parliament to ensure that proper standards and uniformity
are maintained in institutions for higher education or research in whole of the country.
It was with the objective of achieving the aforesaid object that the Parliament has
enacted the University Grants Commission Act in 1956. The UGC, for all practical
purposes, regulates the standards in institutions for higher education or research
in India by laying down rules and procedures from time to time. Therefore, it is
only imperative that any institution of higher learning in any part of India has
to conform to the rules and regulations established by it.
The UGC Model Act for the universities stipulates that there shall be the Visitor,
the Governor of the State to discharge the constitutional responsibilities relating
to the State University, and carry out recommendations of the Council of Ministers
but with the powers of discretion and judgment in various functions relating to the
University, including appointing the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor. There is no provision
for Visitor in the IGTMS University. The President of India is the Visitor of Rajiv
Gandhi University. The Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 empowers the Governor
of Assam, as the Visitor of the university, to preside at the convocation of the
University for conferring degrees and diplomas, and to call for any paper or information
relating to the affairs of the university.
Under the Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 the Chancellor is appointed by the
sponsoring body with the approval of the Visitor. Interestingly, the President of
World Institution Building Programme, without any requirement of qualification, is
the Chancellor of the IGTMS University, Ziro. As per the Global Open University Nagaland
Act, 2006 the Governor of Nagaland shall be the Chancellor of the University. The
then Arunachal University had the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh as the Chancellor,
and the University presently is having Professor Mrinal Miri, world known philosopher
and educationist as its Chancellor.
The most important functionary of the University is the Vice-Chancellor, as the Principal
Executive and Academic Officer of the University. He acts like a Chief Minister/Prime
Minister being guided by the Governor as the Chancellor and the President as the
Visitor. Therefore, outmost care is taken to ensure selection of academically and
administratively capable person as the Vice-Chancellor. In a Central University like
RGU, the President of India appoints the Vice-Chancellor from a panel of three persons
recommended by a Search Committee consisting of a nominee each from the Visitor (President),
University Grants Commission and the Executive Committee of the University in question.
Let us look at the process of selection of Vice-Chancellor of IGTMS University,
Ziro. Section 11 of the IGTMS University Act confers the power of appointment of
the Vice-Chancellor to the Chancellor from a penal of three persons recommended by
a Committee consisting of a nominee each from the Chancellor, the Governing Council
and the President of World Institution Building Programme. The Chancellor himself
is the President of World Institution Building Programme and the chairman of the
Governing Body. As such, he has the supreme authority not only to recommend but also
to appoint any person as the Vice-Chancellor. There is also a provision for re-appointment.
The Global Open University of Nagaland, the University owned by the same Trust, provides
much more respectable way of appointment of the Vice-Chancellor. The Selection Committee
to recommend the selection of the Vice-Chancellor includes a nominee of the Chancellor
(Governor of Nagaland) and a nominee of the Government of Nagaland. The Assam Private
Universities Act, 2007, section 17 reads: The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed
by the Chancellor (Governor of Assam) from a panel of three persons recommended by
the Governing Body.
Reciprocity with no preconditions is the basis of any tribal society. We have the
tradition of giving many things without expecting anything in return. True to their
tradition the people of Bullo, Mudang, Tinyo and Takhe clans of Hong village have
donated 150 hectares of land for setting up of the University without any condition
attached. Given the limited land resources in Ziro Valley, the market value of the
donated land would run into crores of rupees. The land donors will be within their
reasonable limit to expect something in return.
It is learnt that local politicians have promised contract works and employment opportunities
once the University is established in lieu of compensation. But the Act of the University
does not speak explicitly about the reservation to be given to the land donors or
the local people. Section 20; sub-section 2 of the Act makes a passing reference
regarding the employment in the University, which reads as, “While making employments
in the University and the Institutions under it, the University shall safeguard the
interests of the local people of the State.” It fails to define what interests should
the local people of the State be having. Let me bring in the Global Open University
of Nagaland Act for a comparative understanding. It says, “Persons who are ordinarily
residents in the State of Nagaland shall be given preference in the matter of recruitment
to all posts in the University”. The Act also gives power to the Executive Council
of the University to relax qualifications, terms and conditions of appointment to
various posts in the University in favour of the people of Nagaland.
The spirit of parliamentary democracy demands that the Legislature represents the
voice of the people. Therefore, law warrants legislative action in enacting the Act
for the establishment of a University. The Act is a public declaration to the effect
that the representatives of the people are satisfied with the bonafide of the management,
which would control and supervise the private University. But unfortunately, our
representatives seem to have reposed too much confidence on the management, the World
Institution Building Programme in this case. The President of the WIBP has overriding
power in the management of the University with no or very little State control.
The Act provides for incorporation of just four representatives from the State government-
one each in Finance Committee and Executive Committee, and two in the Governing Council.
The Governing Council, the supreme authority of the University has altogether 12
members. The Act allows the Chancellor to invest upon himself the power to appoint
a committee to review the working of the University. Normally it is the State government
who should be having the power to review the working of the University. More importantly,
the power of Removal of difficulties in giving effect to the provisions of the Act
rests with the Chancellor. Removal of difficulties in simple words means if a situation
arises wherein a provision of the Act is interpreted differently, the Chancellor
will have the power to judge which interpretation is right or wrong. As the University
is the creation of the Sate through legislative action, it should have control over
its own creation. The Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 provides power to the
state government in both the situations.
It is very difficult to comprehend that the Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly
after being vetted by the Law, Legislative and Justice Department. The Act is almost
a carbon copy of the one prepared by World Institution Building Programme. The Governor
may not have had used his discretion as provided in the Constitution. Is it representation
or misrepresentation of the wishes of the people? Our representatives have failed
to judge the mood of the people and opposition political parties. BJP’s National
General Secretary Tapir Gao had raised serious concerns about the pace at which education
sector is being commercialized in the state. A local daily quoting Mr Gao reported,
“60 legislators seemed to have jumped the gun. Credentials of World Institute Building
Program (WIBP) have come under scanner many times in last one decade for various
fraudulent acts of omission and commission.” From the Treasury bench, the former
Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin stood for some sort of State control over the functioning
of the University.
In 1986, when the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act was being introduced in the Legislative
Assembly, every member kept silent except Tapum Jamoh, a PPA MLA from Pasighat. Till
today we are facing the consequence of the blunder our representative committed some
25 years ago. For example, legally and constitutionally Arunachal Pradesh is a home
of 16 Scheduled Castes; there are only 12 Scheduled Tribes listed in the Act of 1986.
These are yet to be rectified.
The World Institution Building Programme is also known for running institutes like
Buddha Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, etc.
They offer so many unknown and un-heard of courses through distance mode. One cannot
think of easier option than obtaining M.S. degree in ecology or environment without
attending even a single class, and just by paying Rs. 18,000.00. Whether these institutes
or their courses are recognized by the UGC could not be ascertained but I have no
knowledge of any dignified University offering M.Sc. degree through distance learning
system. Even IGNOU offers M.Sc. degree through regular courses only.
There are hundred of courses being offered by the Institutes under WIBP, which are
affiliated to Global Open University Nagaland. Then what does the Global Open University
do? It is learnt that most of the works of the University are being done from New
Delhi. Then what is the use of opening University in Nagaland? Hopefully, the Indira
Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Ziro does not remain an instrument
to issue certificates in the name of some institutes outside our State.
The Act in question seems to be a political ‘act’ rather than legislative action.
Such kind of politically manipulated Act could not have been possible without the
active or tacit support of some of the political leaders. Without getting too much
into the political actions, let me jump to legal and rational side of the issue.
The then Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Nilay Dutta, dated July 1, 2008,
had recommended that “a far more indept analysis of the MOU as well as the courses
offered by the NGO are made by the experts in the State Government”. In para 5, he
noted that “though medical science has been mentioned in the proposal, it has specifically
been made clear by the NGO concerned that they do not have the funds to introduce
the medical course. As such it is evident that they have no specific proposal for
establishment of a medical course”. My simple question to the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh- Did the experts examine the MOU and the courses proposed? If yes, who were
the experts involved?
Personally speaking, opening a medical college is much more difficult than generally
perceived. Politicians may promise all roses with or without thinking that roses
also have thorns. The University promises that it will start B.Tech. and M. Tech.
programmes from the next academic session. Every reasonable thinker will be doubtful
about their promise, as even the necessary land development has not taken place.
When will they construct infrastructure and recruit faculty? At the most the University
may rum from a Makeshift Campus. The State of Arunachal Pradesh is already known
for makeshift and even mobile colleges. No true Arunachalee would love to see a university
campus that looks like one of them.
Sometimes miracles do happen. Let us be positive and pray for the miracles to happen.
Let’s end with a question: will the Act stand legal scrutiny if somebody seeks judicial
intervention? (Dr. Bath teaches in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi
University and can be contacted at [email protected] com.)
Who is withdrawing my money?
This is regarding withdrawal of an amount of Rs 25798 (Rupees Twenty five thousand
and seven hundred ninety eight) only in total from my Saving Account at SBI, Itanagar
by some unknown person on 20/06/12.
Few days back, I went to the SBI ATM counter at Itanagar to withdraw some amount
from my Saving Account. But, to my utter surprise, the balance at my account was
On enquiry from the Bank authorities at SBI, Itanagar, I was given the statement
of my account where it was shown that money was withdrawn on 20/06/2012 with my nineteen
digits ATM No which was reflected on the statement.
From then, I came to know that amount of Rs 64,890 & Rs 25000 respectively too were
also withdrawn from the saving accounts of two other people at Akashdeep SBI, Branch
& Itanagar Branch by some unknown persons.
Now, I would like to ask the SBI, Itanagar Branch authorities, who are the custodian
of our hard earned money, as to how these activities are going on in their Bank.
Also, let the authorities know that for such activities the concerned bank cannot
be absolved from the responsibilities.
The money deposited in our saving accounts now seems to be very insecure and so,
I request all the fellow account holders to give serious thought on it and fight
out to nab the culprits behind such activities.
Make space for unemployed youth
Growing number of jobless youths have become a major problems not only for the
Govt but for every family as well. Countless educated unemployed youth are running
from pillar to post for Govt jobs or for a favour to take up self-employment venture
in Arunachal. In deed, the unemployment problem has also become a major headache
for other state Govts in the country as they are unable to provide Govt job or formulate
any concrete policy to minimize the problem.
Therefore, it is time Govt servants also think about the plight of unemployed youths
and pave way for them.
I would also like to request the both Central and State Govts to reduce the service
period of Govt employee to 55 or 58 years. This will help reduce the unemployment
problem and pave the way for large number of unemployed youth to serve the state
NIT Yupia and interview
It was very shocking to find an advertisement (no.NIT/AP/Estt-9/2011/250) published
by NIT, Yupia at their website www.nitap.in on 3/7/2012 for recruitment of few faculty
members and technicians.
The venue selected for walk-in interview seems to be duping the expectation of the
local youths and depriving of job opportunities to the unemployed youths of the state.
Establishment of NIT in Arunachal Pradesh was indeed a big boost for aspiring youths
of the state for higher studies and job opportunity. But alas!
Why have the NIT authorities arranged the recruitment venue at West Bengal in place
of the present site Yupia?
Don’t they want the educated and deserving candidate to be at recruitment venue for
I don’t find any logic in conducting the interview outside Arunachal other than increasing
the cost/expenditure of whole interview process.
If they feel the lack of experienced interviewers in the NIT, Yupia, they can seek
help from NERIST (Deemed University) and IIT, Guwahati.
Government of Arunachal Pradesh while signing MOU with various central, semi-central
organizations should make it mandatory for engagement of locals in higher education
as well as jobs.
T A Tara
Beware of fake colleges
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to thank NESO President, General Secretary,
All members of ASSU, and Guwahati students union as without their help and support
we would not have gotten back our hard earned money.
Last year we took an admission in BFIT (Baba Farid Institute of Technology) Dehradhun
through one broker named Dr Pankaj Shadanidhar from Assam.
After taking admission we realized that the college was not recognized/affiliated
therefore we withdraw our students from there a day after the admission.
The college authority of BFIT promised to return the money within 15 days, but whenever
we called, they gave us false promise.
Later on through advertisement in the paper we came to know that there was education
fare at Guwahati in which BFIT was participating.
We approached NESO secretary general to help us to recover our money and with their
help and support we got back our money back.
I would like to request all the students who are taking admission in private colleges
to check the affiliation and approval, before taking admission. No one should suffer
and fall prey to any of the fake colleges.
Y. Rime, Aalo
Hospital and hygiene
I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities regarding the lack of
cleanliness of State Hospital Naharlagun.
Toilet of male/female wards are in a horrible state. Staircase, rooms needs thorough
cleaning. If proper sanitation is not maintained, patient instead of getting well
will get infected. Sweepers must be asked to perform their duty. If their numbers
are less, alternative arrangement must be done. Clean and hygienic place is a safe
RTE and schools
A week earlier I wrote to you regarding RTE and many a times articles have been
published in your esteemed daily but still there is no action regarding admission
fees taken at various Govt schools of Likabali.
Even the General Administration is sleeping. A fresh student taking admission at
Govt Middle School Lipu/Liru have to pay Rs.450/ as admission, examination, furniture,
national festival, peon and Miscellaneous fees.
There are nearly 500 students at GMS Lipu, Likabali and the total collection goes
to Rs 2.25 lakhs approx.
Does the Headmaster or the department or the local administration have the right
to collect this huge amount? The monthly salary of the Peon in the school is Rs 1500
per month, then the total amount paid to peon in 12 month is Rs. 18000/-. Do the
school have right to keep peon and to pay salary from the fees collected from poor
If a Govt. School can collect such huge amount from students then why and how RTE
act is implemented and whether School under Likabali is exempted from RTE?
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Laws and social realities
India is one of the few jurisdictions where the laws that govern marriage, divorce,
maintenance, inheritance and adoption are based on religious affiliation. Separate
laws have also meant that amendments to the laws of any one religious group affect
only a section of the population and changes for the better also move at different
speeds. Although parties can always opt for the secular Special Marriage Act, the
religious law is often the one applied de facto.
The recent amendments made to the marriage laws in India recognize that the existing
legal frameworks were inadequate. It also admits to a rather mind-boggling scale
of delay in acknowledging that the legislative recognition of irretrievable breakdown
as a clear ground for divorce was required to reconnect the law with existing social
After all, the 1978 Indian Law Commission Report had spoken in favour of these reforms
almost 32 years ago. Likewise countless Supreme Court and High Court judgments had
consistently echoed the demand for these reforms over the past three decades. Finally,
the Law Commission on its own took up the issue again and submitted the suo moto
report in 2009. This seems to have propelled the amendment through, giving the matter
the necessary final push.
Leaving the question of legislative delay aside, the question remains as to whether
the amendment addresses the two main problem areas of divorce law: The balancing
of rights of all the parties involved in a divorce and the welfare of the children
after a divorce. In both these areas codified Hindu law has had mixed results till
While the amendments are a step in the right direction, the loopholes that remain
perhaps call for a more coherent reading of what rights need to be secured for all
the parties involved in case a family unit breaks down. There is still a gap between
the law as it exists in the statute books and everyday realities.