Aug. 30: Teachers of Gauhati University have come out of their classrooms to initiate various steps to prevent any communal tension among students.
Senior faculties have started visiting all the hostels after their classes to spread the message of communal harmony and religious tolerance. They are urging the students not to be misled by any rumour.
“Gauhati University hostels are cosmopolitan in nature and students from different communities and religions share same hostels and rooms. So, we are not taking any chances while protecting the cosmopolitan fabric of the hostels. A group of teachers is regularly visiting the hostels, interacting with the students and campaigning for a tension-free atmosphere on the campus,” vice-president of Gauhati University Teachers’ Association (GUTA), Akhil Ranjan Dutta, told this correspondent.
Dutta said the teachers had developed a cordial relationship with the students. Senior students had come forward to help the teachers make the entire varsity campus free of communally-provocative statements by any organisation or individual, he said.
The Postgraduate Students’ Union and the prefects of the hostels are also cooperating with the teachers.
“Interestingly, the anti-ragging campaign has been used to prevent tension on the campus. We have adopted a zero-tolerance policy against any untoward incident on the campus,” Dutta said.
As part of the ongoing campaign, a rally for peace and harmony will be taken out tomorrow on the campus. Teachers, officers, employees and students will take part in the rally which will start from BKB Auditorium.
It will be led by vice-chancellor Okhil Kumar Medhi and GUTA president H.P. Sarma. The rally will urge the teaching community in the state and the conscious section of society to play pro-active roles in maintaining peace and harmony in the state.
The teachers’ association has appealed to everyone to participate in the rally in keeping with the objectives of the university — to bring about social, economic, cultural, moral and spiritual uplift of the people of Assam.