GUWAHATI, March 4 � The All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) today demanded creation of a separate directorate for Bodo medium education, provincialisation of all Bodo medium LP, ME and High schools and implementation of Bodo language as the State Associate Official Language of the state.
In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the students� body also demanded implementation of the Forest Dwellers Act, 2006 and establishment of AIIMS within the boundary of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) areas.
In its memorandum, the students� body said that around three lakh students of the state are taking education in Bodo medium and this figure is swelling every passing day.
The issues like smooth functioning of all administrative and academic institutions, timely publication and distribution of textbooks, appointment of all sorts of problems arising in the mother tongue education can only be resolve through the creation of a separate directorate, the students� body said.
It regretted that many Bodo medium schools have been excluded from the process of provincialisation. It has raised the demand to provincialise those Bodo medium schools recognised till the enactment of The Assam Venture Education Institutions Provincialisation of Service Act, 2011.
It also pointed to the fact, among others, that due to the failure of the State Government to implement the Forest Dwellers Act, 2006, the tribal people living in the forest areas are deprived from their fundamental human and constitutional rights.
The people of these areas are deprived from Panchayat system of governance, students of these areas are not getting their permanent resident certificates and the educational institutions located in these areas are deprived from provincialisation, it said.