CM regrets reclusive attitude of NIT authorities, assures help

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 8th Nov: Maintaining that the sense of insecurity gripping non-local students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Lamphelpat could have been lessened to some extent had the NIT authorities conveyed any shortcomings to the state government, chief minister N Biren Singh has assured the NIT students to extend all possible assistance in addressing their grievances.

Speaking to newspersons during assessment of infrastructure of NIT on Wednesday, he lamented that NIT authorities neither informed the state government about infrastructure inadequacies that the Central institute had been besieged with nor was there any communication to the government regarding the incident of assault of some NIT students.

Opining that absence of communiqué might be due to the NIT being a Central institute, the CM said he received information about the assault only on Tuesday.

As the institute is in Manipur it is responsibility of the state government to ensure a secure environment for the students and faculty members, he affirmed, while adding that the people of Manipur, the locals in particular, also need to have friendly disposition towards the students and staff.

While disclosing that some non-local NIT students were about to leave for their home states earlier in the day but were convinced to return back from Sekmai area after an official team comprising two IAS officers and superintendent of police despatched by the government talked with the fleeing students, Biren also informed that he realised the sense of insecurity felt by the students as well as shortcomings in the institute during interaction at his official residence.

Further stating that he had advised NIT registrar and director to convey all issues to the government, the CM informed that CRPF personnel have already been stationed at the institute’s campus after he consulted a DIG-ranked officer of the central force.

During his visit, Biren inspected different blocks, labs, hostels and classrooms of the institute and interacted with NIT authority and students to discuss their grievances.

He exhorted the students to stay calm and feel at home along with assuring the state government is ready to extend all possible help in maintaining a good and peaceful academic atmosphere at the campus.

N Biren also provided his personal mobile phone numbers to students and asked them to inform him directly if they have any problem and confided to them that he had apprised Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar about the inadequacies of the Institute and students’ demands.

The CM further informed that Prakash Javadekar had responded positively to his request of sending a Central inspection team to the Institute.

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