Action will be taken against land encroachers: Rebia
RONO HILLS, Nov 11: Land Management Minister Nabam Rebia has said action would soon be initiated against the encroachers on land belonging to Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU).
Addressing the valedictory function of the university’s 19th ‘Uni-fest’ event here on Saturday, Rebia said: “Action will be initiated against all the RGU land encroachers, and no one will be spared, whosoever they may be.”
He was responding to a memorandum submitted by the RGU Students’ Union, urging him to resolve the boundary issue and recover the 64 acres of encroached land at the earliest.
The district administration has been directed to recover the original map of the university land and conduct proper survey to reclaim all the encroached land, the minister said.
“There shall be no compromise on issues related to education and health,” he added.
Assuring RGU of the government’s support, Rebia said the state is in favour of laying alternative roads to the university as the existing one is “steep and risky.”
“I am always on the side of the university, and I toiled hard as an MP to get it converted into a central university,” he said, adding that the state government would look into the requirements of RGU in order to turn it into “a number one university in the country.”
Rebia, however, expressed concern over the overall deterioration in the quality of education in the state, saying it was “due to the mushrooming of a large number of private universities and colleges.”
Criticizing the policy of random establishment of colleges without basic facilities and adequate students, Rebia said, “The university must keep an eagle eye on such colleges to check fake degrees.”
He urged RGU to ensure that it retains its reputation for providing quality education. “Naming or renaming of the university is of no importance,” he added.
The minister also distributed the prizes to the winners of various competitive events.
Earlier, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha called for “honesty and transparency in every conduct and activity,” and urged the university’s officers not to use their positions for nepotism, and to abstain from corrupt practices.
Explaining the meaning of ‘Uni-fest’, he said, “It meant thinking various directions to one point.”
The VC assured the students that a mechanism would be devised to declare results on time.
The Uni-fest, which was marked by competitions among Sela, Kangte, Mayodia and Patkai Houses in various games and sports, literary, fine arts and cultural activities, concluded with Patkai House being declared the champion.
The ‘discipline house’ title was won by Kangte. Meetu Dada and Yerak Kardu of Mayodia House won Miss and Mr Unifest 2018 title, respectively, stated a festival committee release.