Arunachal Pradesh

Why AAPSU’s demand on Mizoram Chakma students in NERIST is unfounded

In a surprising turn of events, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has demanded immediate cancellation of Chakma students from Mizoram selected for admission in the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) at Itanagar under Mizoram state quota.

The AAPSU demanded that Chakma and Hajong students who have qualified for the NERIST Entrance Examination (NEE) 2018 under Mizoram state quota seats must be replaced with eligible tribal applicants from the Mizo community, according to a report in The Arunachal Times.

Sources said 10 out of 20 students selected under Mizoram quota are Chakma.

However, writing to NERIST Director, the AAPSU said, “The AAPSU forbids the admission of students from Chakma and Hajong communities in your institute until the vexed issue of Chakma and Hajong refugees is solved in the state”.

The AAPSU opined that ‘the recent development in the institute will create psychological implications’.

“In the present juncture, absorption of the candidates from the said communities will affect the academic atmosphere of the institute”, the AAPSU added.

Why AAPSU’s demand is unfounded

Clearly the AAPSU has mixed up the issue of Chakma-Hajong citizenship rights in Arunachal Pradesh to the Chakmas of Mizoram who are not only citizens of India but also Scheduled Tribes and they enjoy political autonomy under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (or NERIST) is a science and technology oriented higher education institute in Nirjuli, Itanagar, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Established in 1984, it is a deemed-to-be-university, autonomous, fully funded and controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The institute is managed by a Board of Management, comprising representatives of MHRD, the eight beneficiary states of the North Eastern region, AICTE and educationists.

The state governor of Arunachal Pradesh is the de facto head of the highest body, NERIST Society, which consists of education ministers of all North Eastern States.

The Board of Management is headed by the Chairman, Air Marshal (Retd.) Pranab Kumar Barbora.

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