Following the attachment order of some Assistant Professors of Fazl Ali College (FAC) and Mokokchung College Teacher Education (MCTE) in Mokokchung to New Model College Mangkolemba and Wakching for six months, the Ongpangkong Students’ Conference (OKM) has written a letter to the Commissioner & Secretary of the Higher Education Department, requesting that the order be revoked.
The OKM expressed deep concern in its letter about the “sending away of teachers on attachment basis” from Fazl Ali College and Mokokchung College of Teacher Education, which they stated would create “acute shortage of manpower” in the affected colleges, “which will ipso facto be detrimental to the welfare of the students.”
Limatongzuk Jamir, President of OKM, told Mokokchung Times that sending the teachers away would be a huge loss for the students. He explained that FAC, being a government institution with NAAC A grade accreditation, is still under observation and that the college has been attempting to increase the number of students.
As a result, he stated, at a time when the institution is attempting to grow and improve, sending away faculty will not only harm the immediate students, but it will also hinder the college’s future growth and development.
Meanwhile, Jamir noted that there are now only 7 teachers at MCTE, and that the order includes two MCTE teachers.
“Obviously, an imbalance will be created if two of the teachers out of seven are sent away,” he remarked.
As a result, the OKM has demanded that the stated order be revoked immediately, noting that they cannot be a mere spectator while the educational system in the district is negatively impacting the students.
“Since our prime objective is to look after the welfare of the students’ community, the OKM shall leave no stone unturned in its demand to revoke the transfer order of the teachers. It is our faith that our demand is treated favorably in the best interest of all and sundry but if our demands are not met, we will be compelled to take our own course of actions,” the OKM added in its letter.
It may be recalled that the Governor of Nagaland in an order announced the attachment of 12 Assistant Professors from their current postings to New Model College, Mangkolemba and New Model College, Wakching, Mon where five of the twelve Assistant Professors were from FAC Mokokchung and two from Mokokchung College of Teacher Education (MCTE).
New Model College, Mangkolemba
Mangkolemba New Model College at Tzupaksa under Mangkolemba ADC Headquarters was implemented under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) Phase II. Its foundation stone was laid by Minister of Higher Education & Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along Longkumer on 23 October 2018. The college Campus covers 29 acres of land under Khar village jurisdiction and the project is estimated to be completed within 24 months.
RUSA is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in October 2013 that aims at providing strategic funding to higher education institutions throughout the country. The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category States, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) is norm based and outcome dependent. The funding flows from the Ministry of Education through the state governments/union territories to the State Higher Education Councils before reaching the identified institutions.
In 2020, the then H&TE Commissioner & Secretary claimed that the H&TE department successfully implemented 32 various projects during the first phase of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) between 2014 and 2018. In the second phase of RUSA that started from May 2018, the department implemented 10 new projects, including the Professional College of Music and Fine Arts (PCoMuFA) at Tsiesema.