NEICCUTA’s demands

IMPHAL, July 30: The North-East India Confederation of Central University Teachers’ Association (NEICCUTA) has demanded mandatory spending of 10 percent of the central budget on higher education in Northeast India observing that spending is far less than what is mandated by Central Government.

In a statement, it urged the Ministry of HRD and the UGC and all other funding bodies such as ICSSR, ICHR, ICMR, ICCR, CSIR etc to ensure minimum spending of 10 percent of their total budget for Northeast India.

Saying that lack of funding is the most important constraint in ensuring growth of higher education with equity and access in Northeast India, the association further demanded setting up of a Common Inter-University Research Consortium for Northeast India that can take care of research funding in cutting edge areas by scholars, teachers and student of Northeast such that ‘the gap between national and regional standard’ can be bridged.

The Confederation further demanded that every faculty member of the Central universities of the region be given a seed money of Rs. 1.5 Lakhs to attend important international conferences so that the teacher-researchers are encouraged to carry out global standard research and a special package for attracting and retaining talents in Northeast Central Universities by asking for 25% of basic pay as a special pay for building up a sustainable base of higher education in the region.

While pointing out that if IAS, IPS and other civil service officers posted in the region can be given such a special package, it questioned why teachers are not given in the crucial sector of higher education, absolutely necessary for bridging the gap between the country and the Northeast.

The Confederation also decided to submit a memorandum to the President of India listing its demands. 

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