SHILLONG: Despite the set deadline by the University Grants Commission (UGC), at least 22 out of the 75 colleges affiliated with the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Meghalaya have not yet transitioned to the four-year undergraduate course.
The Meghalaya Teachers’ College Association (MTCA), who are actively boycotting the first semester classes and assignments as protest, on Wednesday, conveyed that the association has taken a firm stance against the implementation of the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) as mandated by the NEP 2020.
Dr Airpeace W Rani, the General Secretary of MTCA, said that their ongoing non-cooperation movement, initiated on August 1, is a result of the administration’s silence on their concerns. “We have been agitated for nearly a month. We request the VC to withdraw this notification and end the stalemate,” Rani expressed.
The Academic Council proceedings reportedly did not reflect any mention of the NEP 2020 implementation, according to Rani’s statements. However, the NEHU Vice Chancellor acknowledged the swift adoption of the FYUP by the remaining affiliated colleges, aligned with the vision of the National Education Policy 2020.
In response to the protests, the Vice Chancellor extended an invitation to the MTCA for a constructive dialogue aimed at resolving concerns. The administration hopes that an open discussion will pave the way for an amicable resolution that benefits all stakeholders involved in the education sector.
Earlier on July 21, the MTCA had submitted a memorandum to NEHU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof PS Shukla, urging the withdrawal of the July 12 notification that introduced the NEP 2020 across all affiliated colleges.