Aizawl: Students or trainees of Mizoram Hindi Training College (MHTC) staged indefinite strike by boycotting the ongoing examination at the college premises at Durtlang North here demanding the removal of the institute principal Louis Hauhnar for his alleged misuse of power and negligence.
The indefinite strike called by MHTC Trainees’ Union entered the second day on Thursday.
A leader of the union told EastMojo that many students (trainees) faced inconvenience for B.Ed training after the principal terminated the collage’s affiliation to Agro. He alleged that Hauhnar had failed to take action against those teachers, who used to attend classes only twice a year.
Accusing the principal of money-hungry, the union leader, who refused to be mentioned, said while other colleges and institutions don’t charge for ‘absence fine” the training college used to impose a fine of Rs 100 for absence for one day and Rs 200 for half day.
Sometimes students were charged a fabricated fine called ‘special fine’ to the tune of Rs 500 and above for missing classes, he alleged. He said that students, unable to pay the fines, were not allowed to fill examination form for final exam. “It is unfortunate that we have such money-hungry principal for which we decided to stage strike and boycott the ongoing exam,” he said.
The protesting students demanded that 75 per cent of attendance must be taken as criteria for filing examination form for final exam without charging absence fine.
The union leader also alleged that while medical fee was paid by every student at the time of admission, such fees were not utilized by the college to help sick students.
He alleged that while other colleges and institution charge Rs 500 per student as bus fare for one semester, their collage use to charge Rs 500 for one month and even hostellers and day scholar who come by their private vehicles were charged Rs 300 per month.
He further alleged that the collage also restrained the hostellers from better electricity service by removing electric plug in all hostel rooms barring common room. The hostellers pay Rs 2,400 for water and electricity, he said.
He said that they will continue with the strike till the college principal is sacked and their demands are met.
Officials of Higher and Technical Education and leaders of Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) have met the union leaders on Wednesday but could not reach any consensus on the matter.
On Thursday, the union leaders, however, allowed any willing students to appear for examination from Friday.