Government Vocational College demands for permanent campus among others to State government
"We believe to deny required facilities to the students is an outright injustice meted out to us": GVC
Gangtok, September 8: The students of the Government Vocational College (GVC), Dentam, West Sikkim on September 8, issued a press release addressing several concerns of the student body, which ranges from lack of basic facilities such as permanent campus, library, laboratory, and internet access since the inception of the college on 2017 to no prospect of higher studies after completion of Undergraduate Degree at GVC.
The press release states that the newly released Education Policy, 2020 (NEP 2020) also gives immense priority to vocational courses, but the same priority has not been given by the State Government. The GVC is the only vocational college in Sikkim and was formed in 2017. The first batch of this college is to graduate this year. The concerns of the student body that have been addressed in the press release are as follows:
No prospect of higher studies after completion of an Undergraduate Degree at GVC
The press release quotes that GVC despite being the only college in the state to offer vocational courses, has only the Undergraduate Degree to offer and that there is no option for those who graduated from GVC to opt for Post-Graduate courses in the state. As due to the pandemic the option of going outside the state in pursuit of a Post-Graduate degree seems unlikely this year, the student body demands the concerned authorities provide for a Post-Graduate course (M.Voc) in the state.
Lack of basic facilities such as permanent campus, library, laboratory, and internet access
Despite being the only college in the state to offer vocational courses, the college has not garnered enough attention from the concerned authorities, states the press release, as the campus of the college is being run on a rented building. Adding to that is the lack of adequate facilities required to have a professional course. Such deprivations have damaged the quality of education being provided at GVC, Denataam. The college still does not own a single bus which is to be provided for the students, severely lacks a laboratory, a library, and internet access (Wi-Fi). Due to the lack of such basic amenities, the student body is rendered handicapped as basic facilities are required as part of the syllabus. Even in the age of cut-throat competition, such a severe lack of facilities will damage the job prospect of GVC students, the press release reads.
Adding, that while the teachers and faculty of GVC have given their 100% to the students but due to the lack of basic amenities the student’s quality of education has not been up to the mark as the ‘required ecosystem’ has not been provided. With this, the student body of the Government Vocational College (GVC), Dentam, West Sikkim demand the concerned authorities to-
1. Provide permanent campus for the Government Vocational College (GVC), Dentam, West Sikkim.
2. Facilities as well as financial support to conduct adequate training as well as on-the-job training, mandatory field trips, internships, workshops, and industrial visits, etc, for the students of all departments of Government Vocational College (GVC), Dentam, West Sikkim.
3. Provision of laboratory, library, college bus, internet facilities to Government Vocational College (GVC), Dentam, West Sikkim.
The press release also notes that several petitions and memorandums have been submitted for the above-mentioned demands, as well as the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the college submitting their requests to the concerned department and the Chief Minister during the government of both SDF and SKM. The press releases quotes-
“On November 28, 2019, the SRC president of the college had submitted their demands to the present Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), Education Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha and other brass level officials of Education Department. Despite receiving assurance verbally from the Chief Minister, Education ministers, and others, there has not been any progress in ground zero. The students of the college are driven helpless and optionless by the total negligence of the department and the Govt in addressing their very basic demands.”
As the student body have been making the same demands and requests over the past three years, and it appears to have ignored, the students of GVC, reads the press note, have only two options- either to fight for the change or to let things go in the present state only. To fulfil the purpose of fighting for change the students of GVC Dentam, from September 12, 2020, are going to start a series of activities to press for the immediate fulfilments of their demands, and this will continue until all their demands are fulfilled unconditionally.
They came to this alternative, after retrospecting that the first batch of GVC, Dentam will graduate this year and the future for them is grim as there is no option for higher studies in the state, the same fate which follows for the rest of the students and the batches that will follow.
“We believe to deny required facilities to the students is an outright injustice meted out to us.”
The student body of GVC, Dentam have also appealed to all students from all schools, colleges, and universities in the state, as well as political organizations, student’s organizations, SRCs, and all democratic and pro-students people to unite with them in their fight for basic requirements in the college as this, is not just the fight for students of GVC, Dentam but for all students of the state who want to pursue a career in vocational education in the state.
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