Students of Arunachal University of Studies Addresses affiliation concerns
By Asin Charu
NAMSAI: Team Tirap Changlang Longding Namsai Students' Union, RGU led by President Shahlai Wangsu, GS Hongkhil Tekhil accompanied by President All Namsai district students' union Chow Jaylai Manlai and Chief Advisor, All Namsai district students' union Chow Sengkhun Manchey met with the Vice-Chancellor of Arunachal University of Studies, Namsai and submitted a memorandum regarding non-affiliation/accreditation of B.Sc Agriculture and B.Sc Horticulture courses under Arunachal University of studies, Namsai with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi ( ICAR).
The matter in-depth
The Union reviewed several concerns and issues faced by the B.Sc students at AUS, one being--after graduating from the university, B.Sc graduates are ineligible for admission to Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, or any other central university in the country for that matter.
According to the information provided on the ICAR website, RGU does not own ICAR accreditation as of yet, as remarked by the Vice Chancellor, AUS. "If that's the case, how do RGU graduates qualify? Strangely, a non-accredited institution would exclude another based on accreditation," he continued, noting that both AUS and RGU are members of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
"It is in the best interests of both universities to recognise each other's degree programmes," he further added.
"AUS is yet to be affiliated under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Students' certificates appear to be nothing more than a piece of paper with no worth, despite the fact that they pay extra for them," a representative from team TCNLSU, RGU told TheSpace.
As informed, the team upon meeting with the Vice-Chancellor was made aware that it is mandatory for all universities and colleges to get affiliated with the central, abiding by the numerous terms and conditions provided. The VC informed--one such requirement to be, "sufficient acre of land." "AUS does not possess adequate space requirement for affiliation as per the terms and conditions of the Central." the VC stated.
The Union, therefore, demands, the B.Sc Agriculture course be immediately affiliated with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, failing which the course be permanently discontinued. As for B.Sc Horticulture, "it is known that the course has officially been omitted from AUS which is posing serious repercussions to those opting for higher studies" a representative from team TCNLSU, RGU informed.