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Hill college calls off strike

Darjeeling, June 11: The students' union council of Darjeeling Government College has decided to withdraw its two week-long strike from tomorrow to facilitate admission to undergraduate courses.

The Gorkha National Students' Front (GNSF)-controlled council had started the strike on May 30, as its charter of demands had not been addressed.

Asok Chhetri, spokesperson for the central committee of the GNSF ' a wing of the GNLF ' said: ' In the overall interest of the students, we have decided to defer the agitation.'

The protesters have been demanding the appointment of a full-fledged principal instead of an officer-in-charge. The other demands of the students include filling up of the 45 vacant posts of lecturers and improvement of the overall academic standard of the institution.

Following the indefinite strike, the fate of hundreds of higher secondary passouts was shrouded in uncertainty as North Bengal University, to which the institution is affiliated, had set July 24 as the last date for seeking admission without fine and July 30 for admission with fine.

Lalita Rai Ahmed, officer-in-charge of the college, said now that the strike was being withdrawn, the college would start the admission process from June 15 (Wednesday).

Despite the problems, there seems to be some good news for students. There is a possibility that post-graduate courses in English might start in the college from this academic session.

'I have received a very positive feedback from the higher authorities regarding this,' claimed Rai.

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