GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The teaching fraternity on Sunday urged the Government to declare the vernacular medium educational institutions that have crossed their centenary year as heritage institutions and institute a special package in this connection.
At a discussion organised here on Sunday by the Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University on �Crisis of vernacular medium educational institutions: responsibilities of the teaching community�, the participants voiced concern over the pathetic condition of the vernacular educational institutions and said that the Government must take immediate steps to improve the condition of such educational institutions.
The teachers of various educational levels (from primary to university) during the discussion stressed the importance of conservation and improvement of the dilapidated condition of the vernacular educational institutions of the State.
The participants suggested that financial assistance be provided to the educational institutions which have completed 50 or 100 years.
Moreover, the participants agreed that there should be a change of outlook for the improvement of educational environment in the vernacular medium schools.
The teachers pointed out that if special steps can be taken at the primary level, then higher education would be feasible in vernacular medium schools.
The meet also expressed its concern on the reducing trend of enrolment in the primary level and observed that the alumni associations can undertake a range of actions to regain the status of the vernacular medium schools.
The meet admitted that the problems faced by the vernacular medium institutions cannot be resolved at one go.
The meet called upon all the members of the society to come forward with determination to resolve the crisis of vernacular medium educational institutions.
It needs to be mentioned here that Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University has decided to hold a day-long educational convention on November 15 in continuation of its attempt to find a solution to the problems plaguing the educational sphere of the state.
The meet was attended by representatives from Assam State Primary Teachers� Association, All Assam MV School Teachers� Association, All Assam ME Teachers� Association, Assam High School Teachers� Association, All Assam Higher Secondary Teacher and Employee Association, All Assam vocational Teachers� Association, Assam College Teachers� Association, Assam College Principals� Council, Gauhati University Teachers� Association, Assam Agricultural University Teachers Association, Tezpur University, Cotton College State University, etc.
The programme was attended by many dignitaries including Dr Hitesh Deka, Vice Chancellor, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University.