Physical classes in hill dists soon : Govt

The Manipur Government on Sunday assured both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the hill districts to arrange physical classes even as hundreds of members of the Joint Students' Body (JSB) took out a massive protest rally on Saturday in Churachandpur, one of the most violence-affected districts.
Kuki-Zo students from hills said they are unwilling to go to the capital city, Imphal, to continue their studies, fearing an attack.
In such a situation, engineering and medical students from the hills have been badly affected as most of the leading higher educational institutes are located in Imphal.
After the rally, JSB members submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah through the DC, demanding the establishment of a Central university, institutes of technical and medical education and timely disbursal of funds and benefits under Tribal Ministry to organisations based in the hill districts for the benefits of the residents there.
The rally was attended by Churachandpur students of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Manipur University and NIT, Manipur, all located in Imphal. Though Manipur's second medical college, Churachandpur Medical College (CMC), is also offering courses to the tribal students who fled Imphal, they are facing hurdles because the CMC is a new institution and does not have facilities for senior students. Many of the Kuki-Zo students are studying through online mode from outside Manipur due to the internet ban in Manipur.
Meanwhile, a Government release said steps are being taken up by the Manipur University to arrange physical classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Churachandpur and other hill districts.
A statement issued by the Manipur Higher and Technical Education Department on Saturday said the burnt documents of college students during the strife will be regenerated as and when requests are received from the students concerned. Currently, the hill students are also allowed to get admission provisionally without producing the documents.
Further, the transfer of students from one college to another of their choice is also allowed under the "Chief Minister's College Students Rehabilitation Scheme, 2023". So far, 252 students have applied for transfer from valley-based institutes to the hills, while 64 students have applied for transfer from the hill to the valley, the statement said, adding that they have been allowed admission to colleges of their choice.
After the transfer process is complete, the university will update the details of the students. On medical courses, the notification said for displaced students, their first-year exam will be conducted from November 30 at the CMC in Churachandpur. The Health and Family Welfare Department has made preparations to conduct the 1st year MBBS and BDS exams in Churachandpur.          TNN