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Call to scrap college licence

Dhemaji, Jan. 17: The Galo Peoples’ Federation has demanded a probe into the alleged irregularities by the management of the Teachers Training College BEd at Aalo in Arunachal Pradesh and cancellation of the institution’s licence.

The federation has lodged a complaint with the Arunachal commissioner of education against the college for allegedly failing to provide proper infrastructure and conducting classes from a “dilapidated” thatched house. The federation alleged that the college was being run without adhering to UGC norms on the requisite number of teaching staff, teaching rooms and facilities for students. According to the federation, the college, which does not have a library or conference hall, was also not holding regular classes.

“The thatched house from which the college is run does not resemble an institute of high stature where teachers who are architects and builders of the future are reared and polished,” president of the federation, Nayadar Loya, said.

Aalo is about 160km from Dhemaji and 280km from the Arunachal capital Itanagar.

The federation has said “such a flawed system of imparting education to the responsible teachers” would be detrimental if not checked at the earliest. “The authorities are more interested in establishing the institute in paper and making money rather than setting it up in a proper way through the creation of full-fledged infrastructure for students,” a statement said.

It added that despite the limitations the college management, it charged an exorbitant tuition fee in addition to the admission fee.

The federation also demanded shifting of the college on the outskirts of Aalo.