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AASU criticises Govt decision to shift academic year

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 1 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today criticized the State government�s decision to shift the academic year to April-March from January-December, terming it as a unilateral decision of the government reflecting its adamant attitude.

The student body alleged that the government has announced this decision without considering the social and environmental conditions of Assam.

�In the present COVID-19 situation also, the government had many options to minimise the loss of academic days. The AASU had also suggested several measures through which the government could have saved the present academic year. The decision to change an entire academic year due to the coronavirus-induced situation is an unacceptable decision,� the AASU alleged.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said that the present academic session � from January to December � was the most favourable for students in Assam, considering the social conditions of the State.

�A large number of students from rural background get enrolled with the State board every year. Hence, we must also consider the natural environment of the State where rains, annual floods and agriculture play a major role in all aspects of life, including the academic life of the students. The State government should have rather opted for alternative measures to save the academic year,� AASU leaders stated.

AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that the present academic calendar was prepared under the initiative of AASU and Assam Unnati Sabha with active participation of as many as 12 teachers bodies from the primary to the university level.

�The present calendar meticulously examined all the aspects of a student�s life in Assam, from social-economic to geographical, from the festivals of Assam to the natural calamities we face every year. Also, this system was working seamlessly in tandem with the admission timings and procedures of other boards of the country. For all practical purposes, it was needless to change the timing of academic year either for the students pursuing higher courses within the State, or even for those seeking admission outside Assam for higher studies,� added Bhattacharyya.

The student leader further alleged that the State government had already made up its mind to change the academic year and the COVID-19 situation is just an excuse to change the existing pattern.

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AASU criticises Govt decision to shift academic year

GUWAHATI, July 1 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) today criticized the State government�s decision to shift the academic year to April-March from January-December, terming it as a unilateral decision of the government reflecting its adamant attitude.

The student body alleged that the government has announced this decision without considering the social and environmental conditions of Assam.

�In the present COVID-19 situation also, the government had many options to minimise the loss of academic days. The AASU had also suggested several measures through which the government could have saved the present academic year. The decision to change an entire academic year due to the coronavirus-induced situation is an unacceptable decision,� the AASU alleged.

AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said that the present academic session � from January to December � was the most favourable for students in Assam, considering the social conditions of the State.

�A large number of students from rural background get enrolled with the State board every year. Hence, we must also consider the natural environment of the State where rains, annual floods and agriculture play a major role in all aspects of life, including the academic life of the students. The State government should have rather opted for alternative measures to save the academic year,� AASU leaders stated.

AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya said that the present academic calendar was prepared under the initiative of AASU and Assam Unnati Sabha with active participation of as many as 12 teachers bodies from the primary to the university level.

�The present calendar meticulously examined all the aspects of a student�s life in Assam, from social-economic to geographical, from the festivals of Assam to the natural calamities we face every year. Also, this system was working seamlessly in tandem with the admission timings and procedures of other boards of the country. For all practical purposes, it was needless to change the timing of academic year either for the students pursuing higher courses within the State, or even for those seeking admission outside Assam for higher studies,� added Bhattacharyya.

The student leader further alleged that the State government had already made up its mind to change the academic year and the COVID-19 situation is just an excuse to change the existing pattern.

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