ITI students on protest-path, demand deferment of exams

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
10 Jul 2017

A big unrest is brewing at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) after diploma students have started raising demand for deferment of semester exams alleging administrative mismanagement of the institute towards ensuring timely completion of the syllabus. According to reports, hundreds of students of ITI, Dollygunj, claim that the management has remained indifferent towards the academic needs of the learners and that lack of faculty members since 30th of April this year have left them in a helpless situation for non-completion of the course syllabus.
“The ITI Dollygun has altogether 40 staff of which only 12 are permanent and the rest employed on contract basis. The job agreement of the contract faculty members expired on the 30th April 2017 and there has been no classes since then. After around two months, their contracts were renewed and studies resumed at the institute. Now the institute has announced exams from July 18 when learners here have not even completed their syllabus,” said some students speaking to EOI.
“The management of ITI appears least bothered about the studies of its students, who have been suffering for the past two months for lack of faculty staff. None of us have been able to complete the syllabus before appearing for the crucial exams. We all will spoil our careers if we appear for the exams scheduled from the 18th of this month. Our Principal, on the other hand, is busy in official tours to mainland and abroad while caring least for the academic requirements of students. A delegation of students along with their parents are planning to meet the Lt. Governor with our grievances and to request him to postpone the exams,” said some others adding that the students will hold a big agitation if their demands are not met. Repeated attempts to contact the Principal of ITI Dollygunj for an official version proved futile as no one from the office responded to the phone calls.