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Tura students on protest path

Tura, July 30: Over 10,000 students of Tura Government College today took to the streets, demanding development of various infrastructure, including the introduction of new courses and appointment of a principal.

The rally began from the college campus and passed through the main throughfares of the town, along the deputy commissioner’s office before culminating at the college.

“These are genuine needs of our college. It needs a principal and vice-principal. We have been asking for our demands to be fulfilled but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” said Balkarin Ch. Marak, the general secretary of the students’ union.

“We have a dearth of teachers and these posts are not being created. Our college needs more options in education, including honours courses and BBA, which will provide a bigger platform for students to remain in Tura, rather than go out of the state or to Shillong. We also want the college to be upgraded to the post-graduate level,” said Balrang Momin, the president of the students’ union.

Among other demands, the students have sought better sports facilities, regular payment for teachers in the morning shift of the college and construction of residential quarters for teachers.

“The library needs more books and is too small to accommodate students. It desperately needs to be expanded. The science laboratory also needs a revamp. We also require a permanent water tank within the college. Despite being the oldest college in Meghalaya, it is still lagging behind in terms of development,” Momin added.

The students’ union has submitted a memorandum to chief minister Mukul Sangma and education minister R.C. Laloo.