A view of the AASU's sit-in demonstration in Dibrugarh. Image credit - Northeast Now

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) staged a sit-in demonstration at their Swahid Bedi complex in Dibrugarh on Saturday demanding increase in college seats and appointment of more college teachers.

The AASU said a large number of High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) Examination and HS Examination passed-out candidates will not be able to carry on further studies if the seat capacities of the colleges are not increased.

Recently, the state education department asked the college authorities to increase their seat capacity up to 20% for admission of students in the degree level.

The unprecedented pass percentage in the HSLC examination this year was 93.10% while in Higher Secondary, it was 98.93%.

This year due to Covid19 pandemic, the results of the students were evaluated on the basis of their past records.

AASU’s Dibrugarh district president Abani Gogoi said: “We are demanding increase in college seats so that no candidates are deprived of higher education.”

“We fear that many candidates will be left out without a seat due to the unprecedented pass percentage in class 10 and class 12 exam results,” he said.

“The colleges don’t have adequate seat capacity to admit all students. This year, very few students will go outside the state for admission due to Covid19 situation. So the pressure will be more on the colleges in the state,” Gogoi said.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com