Students of different Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), on Friday, staged a hunger strike in Dibrugarh in protest against delay in holding of exams.

The ITI students staged a 12-hour hunger strike near the Dibrugarh office of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).The students, who staged the strike were of the 2019-20 final year batches of ITIs under the State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT).

Examinations of the final year of ITI were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The protesting students alleged that they have been deprived of the opportunity to apply for various recruitment exams due to the delay in examinations.

Most of the students are pursuing ITI courses in different trades.

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“Last year our exams were cancelled due to COVID. We lost one valuable year because of it. In the meantime, we lost several job opportunities since we cannot apply. On August 24, Oil India Limited (OIL) published an advertisement for filling up 535 technical posts. But we can’t apply for those too,” Sourav Gogoi, an ITI student said.

The students also submitted a memorandum to Assam minister of skill development – Chandra Mohan Patowary, urging him to take steps to conduct pending examinations within 15 days.

They also demanded that the results should be declared within 3 months of the examination.

The students also appealed to the minister to ensure that the students of the 2019-20 final year batches are able to apply for the latest vacancies of Oil India Limited.

Avik Chakraborty

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