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AIDSO protests against CUET implementation in Assam

Karimganj : The Assam State Committee of AIDSO observed a state-wide day of protest on Wednesday against various issues connected to the National Testing Agency’s Common University Entrance Test, which is set to be introduced at the all-india level for under graduate college admissions.

The organization demanded the cancellation of this decision, calling it anti-student and against the interests of poor students.

On behalf of the organization’s Karimganj district committee, a memorandum was sent to the Director General of the National Testing Agency. The memorandum protested the centralization of education and highlighted the difficulties por students would face, including the costs of transportation, accommodation, and other incidental expenses.

A delegation led by the district president of AIDSO, Sujit Kumar Paul, and state committee member Ruposhree Goswami protested against these policies by handing over a memorandum to ADC Dhrubjyoti Deb. The memorandum strongly opposed the decision to have only the examination centre in Silchar in the Barak Valley region and demanded a centre in Karimganj as well.

One of the key issues raised in the memorandum was theke mandatoray requirement of an Aadhaar no. in ‘CUET’ application form. This posed a problem as the Aadhaar cards of 27 lakhs of citizens in Assam are blocked due to complications related to the NRC. AIDSO demanded that other identity cards be accepted for female students in Assam.

Furthermore the organization criticized the examination feel of ₹1400, claiming that it would be a burden on students. They also expressed concerns about the language of the question paper, demanding papers in languages like Bengali, Hindi & Manipuri for students studying in these mediums.

AIDSO emphasized that decision to introduce the ‘CUET’ was made against the opinion of students and could jeopardize their educational future. They called on the CM of Assam, the Education Minister and the Karimganj DC to intervene and resolve the issues raised in the memorandum, especially regarding the establishment of examination centres in Karimganj and providing question papers in regional languages.

The organization urged students, teachers and parents to raise their voices against this decision, which they believe is detrimental to the interests of poor students.

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