Sibal Concerned Over Discrimination On North Eastern Students

Shri Kapil Sibal has expressed his deep concern on the recent incidents of alleged discrimination and profiling of students from the north-eastern region pursuing their studies in educational institutions. Lately the news of Dana Sangma an MBA student of Amity University (Manesar Campus) who has committed suicide in her hostel room post allegations of copying in the examination hall. As per reports it is believed that Dana Sangma was involved in hitech copying through her mobile phone and was caught red handed by the examiner. She had committed suicide by hanging herself to a ceiling fan in her hostel room while her roommate was out for lunch, as per the version of her relative she has been bearing the stress of discrimination.

The sad incident happened on 24 April 2012, Dana Sangma is the niece of Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. In another incident Richard Loitam a first year student of Acharya NRV School of Architecture in Bangalore North, was found dead on his hostel bed on the afternoon of April 18. The reason’s for his death are still under investigation, but as per reports he had a quarrel with other students while watching TV. Richard Loitam hails from Manipur he is in his second semester. As both the students hailed from North East India, questions have raised against the discrimination over North East students.

Although Shri Sibal had last month requested UGC to formulate regulations to prevent discrimination in higher educational institutions. UGC in its meeting on 2/4/12 has deliberated on these Regulations and has finalized them. Every institution is required to establish an Ombudsman who would have the power to hear complaints of discrimination in institutions.

Shri Sibal felt that educational institutions should rise to the occasion to provide an inclusive and harmonious platform for students from across the country to come together and pursue studies.

With inputs from Press Information Bureau

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