GUWAHATI, Oct 24 � The Working Group constituted by the State government to suggest amendments to the Cotton College State University (CCSU) Act, 2011 as amended, has suggested upgradation of Cotton College into a university in line with the preamble of the CCSU Act.
The Working Group consulted the Cotton College Teachers� Association, Cotton College Retired Teachers� Forum, Past and Present Office-bearers of Cotton College Union Society, the Alumni Association of the college, among others, to prepare its report.
In its report, it observed that if upgraded into a university in accordance with the preamble of the said legislation, the sentiments of the people of the State to see the college grow into a university of repute would be reflected. �Cotton College should no longer be allowed to exist as a constituent college,� it said.
It maintained that the existing teachers of the college may be inducted into the university with the existing terms and conditions of their service along with the posts kept intact. Section 47 of the above legislation may be amended suitably to give effect to this opinion, it said.
It feels that higher secondary education cannot be brought under the purview of the university system. Hence, the government may initiate necessary section to phase out the higher secondary section from the university within a stipulated period. This will help reduce the work load of the existing faculty and help improve the quality of education.
It suggested that the present principal may be accommodated as Academic Registrar or Secretary of University Classes, as it feels that in the existing setup it has given birth to two authorities within the same institution. Removal of two authorities from the institution is sine qua non of the system.
It further suggested that the existing logo of Cotton College should be the logo of the CCSU. �This will ensure respect to the sentiment of the people of Assam, intention of the government and will also help in carrying forward the historical heritage of the college,� said the Working Group in its report.
Besides, it suggested one association or union to represent the students of undergraduate as well as post graduate classes. Similarly, there should be only one association representing each of the faculty members and support staff in the university, it said.