The students of Rajiv Gandhi University, a premier institution located at Rono Hills in Arunachal Pradesh took out a peaceful rally on the campus on Monday morning against the Centre’s delay in the appointment of a regular vice-chancellor. The university has been without one since December 2017.
The protest was organized by the Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) and the Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF). The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), the large student body of the state, also took part in the rally.
The students also demanded regular appointees for the offices of the registrar, finance officer, controller of exam and internal audit officer.
The unions later submitted a representation to the ministry of human resource development through the office of the acting vice-chancellor, Professor Amitava Mitra, which was immediately faxed to the office of the ministry’s joint secretary in New Delhi.
AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai said the issue concerns the future of the university and the state as a whole. He said such anomalies have deteriorated other higher educational institutions of the state such as the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) and the government needs to act before the protest intensifies. He said he had taken up the matter with chief minister Pema Khandu, who assured him that he would take up the matter with the Centre.