Assam University Diphu campus’ entrance gate was locked down by the students’ union of the college

Diphu: The entrance gate of Assam University Diphu campus (AUDC) was locked down on Monday after an hour-long protest carried out by the student members of Assam University Diphu Campus Students Union (AUDCSU) against the illegal appointment of laboratory attendant in the physics department of AUDC.

The students’ union alleged that Jayanta Sarkar was appointed for the position by depriving Jonasing Rongpi, who has been working as the laboratory attendant of the department for almost 10 years.

Rowel Teron, general secretary, AUDCSU, told media persons, “Competent authority selected Jayanta Sarkar as the laboratory attendant simply because he belonged to SC category. But when we checked in advertisement copy there was no mention of reservation for that particular post.”

He alleged that Sarkar’s appointment is illegal, and demanded that he should be removed and Rongpi must be appointed for the said post. Teron also said that unless Sarkar is removed and Rongpi is appointed, the AUDC gate will remain locked.

Further, the general secretary informed that on February 23 a memorandum in this regard was submitted to Dr Dilip Chandra Nath, vice-chancellor of Assam University, Silchar.

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Prof Sivasish Biswas, pro-vice chancellor, AUDC, said, “I know Jonasing is experienced, but in application advertisement there was no mention of experience. It is an unreserved post and is open for all. Maybe based on written test Jonasing did not get [the job].”

Later in the evening, a statement was issued by Biswas saying that the demands of AUDCSU “was taken up with the higher authority of Assam University, Silchar, who assured to constitute an inquiry committee to look into the selection process”.

He added that the report of the committee will be placed for appropriate decision of the competent authority.

The AUDC authority appealed the protesting students’ body to reconsider the agitation program and requested to facilitate the ensuing academic activities in the greater interest of student’s community, Biswas said.

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