DIMAPUR, July 14 - Naga Students Federation (NSF) wants Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to make it mandatory for all colleges in the State to undergo evaluation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The apex students� body of the State made the suggestion, along with five others, in a representation to the Chief Minister to improve college education in the State. The copy of the representation was made available to the media on Saturday.
It made the suggestions after undertaking educational tours to various colleges and sought a written reply from the Chief Minister within 20 days.
It said the Central Government has changed its pattern and mode of funding of colleges depending on their performance and added that, therefore, all colleges should be evaluated by NAAC in order to account for quality and standard education.
Touching on the matter of grant-in-aid to private colleges, NSF said till the academic year 2014, colleges had been receiving a nominal amount of financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid from the Department of Higher Education.
However, since the academic year 2015, the said grant has been drastically slashed to a meagre amount (almost up to 80 per cent out of the total amount received in 2014). The NSF wanted that the government allocate more funds in the form of grant-in-aid to the colleges.
Pointing out that the Department of Higher Education has appointed several assistant professors on contract basis in government colleges, the students body lamented that the salary paid to them is just a meagre amount.
Taking in consideration the workload and services rendered by the assistant professors, the NSF appealed to the State Government to review and enhance their salary.
Referring to the Cabinet meeting on July 5 last on approval for creation of 110 assistant professors posts in various colleges under Department of Higher Education, NSF demanded that all posts should be requisitioned to Nagaland Public Service Commission. It also demanded strict adherence to the laid down norms of recruitment.
Further, expressing concern over study materials available in college libraries, the NSF stated that all the government-run colleges in the State do not receive any materials for their libraries.