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Union plea to increase seats

May 20: The All Assam Students Union (AASU) will approach Gauhati University to increase the number of seats in its postgraduate courses in various departments.

AASU education secretary Mani Madhab Mahanta said they would meet vice-chancellor Okhil Kumar Medhi this week urging him to increase the number of seats in every department to accommodate the growing number of students.

Mahanta said the university reduced 50 per cent of the seats in each of its departments after implementing the semester system in 2002.

Therefore, despite good results in the degree level, many students have been deprived from pursuing post-graduation courses in the university because of the limited number of seats.

AASU’s decision to approach Medhi came up during a meeting organised yesterday on the university campus, to reconstitute its new unit there.

The student body formed a 63-member committee, with Bhabajit Bezbarua as president and Dharam Ranjan Roy as general secretary.

The meeting was attended by Hari Prasad Sarma, president of Gauhati University Teachers’ Association, Shikhar Sarma, head of computer science and information technology department, and Kandarpa Das, director of the Institute of Distance and Open Learning.

Mahanta said they would also request Medhi to take initiatives to declare semester results on time.

“Despite holding the examinations in January, some departments have declared the results only in the last 10 days. The results of each semester should be declared as soon as possible,” Mahanta said.

He also said the university should think about bringing down the cost of its prospectus, from its current price of Rs 250.

The AASU members expressed concern over college teachers taking extra charge for examination-related duty, despite the increase in their salary.

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