NEW DELHI, July 1 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has called for a special package from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for rejuvenation and expansion of the state universities in Assam.
An AASU delegation comprising its president Dipanka Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, today called on UGC Chairman Ved Prakash and submitted a seven-point memorandum.
The student leaders, while pointing to the imbalance in the region between the Central and state universities, urged the UGC to sanction a special package for rejuvenation and expansion of the state universities in Assam.
They also requested the UGC Chairman to introduce new programmes and courses in emerging and demanding fields and subjects.
The AASU leaders said they had suggested starting a comprehensive and all-inclusive five-year UGC-sponsored development scheme for colleges.
The UGC Chairman was further requested to devise a special research fellowship scheme for students of state universities.
The UGC Chairman was requested to take effective steps for upgrading the Commission�s regional office in Guwahati to a full-fledged office, the AASU leaders said. He was also requested for specific emphasis in Assam in the areas of sports facilities and education, they said.