Agatha Sangma, a Lok Sabha member from Tura, expressed grave worry on Monday over the increasing number of vacancies in central universities, particularly the North-Eastern Hill University, and requested that the state’s higher educational institutions be upgraded.
According to a report by the Shillong times, Agatha also advocated the opening of other departments on the NEHU Tura campus, including as Science, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences, in the lower chamber of Parliament during the zero hour. She urged that more students be admitted and that more assistant professors be employed.
Academics in the state
Academics in the five existing departments, the establishment of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in NEHU Tura, irrigation facilities for the Agriculture department, and a 24-hour medical unit on campus were also among her demands.
Earlier in the day, the Centre told her that it had accelerated the filling of teaching vacancies in central universities and other higher educational institutions across the country, particularly in the Northeast, and had provided cash for ICT infrastructure. Annapurna Devi, Union Minister of State for Education, declared this in her response to Agatha.
Agatha Sangma inquires
According to a report by the Shillong times, Agatha also inquired as to if the government is taking any concrete measures to solve the teacher shortfall in early childhood education, special education, physical education, music, the arts, and vocational curricular streams. In the Northeastern states, she noted, there is a major shortage of trained instructors and their deployment.
The Union minister said that the University Grants Commission examines the situation with universities on a regular basis, but that central universities, which are autonomous organizations constituted under Acts of Parliament, are responsible for filling the positions.