Led by Hashokmi Kamkara, President of Northeast Students’ Society (Delhi University), a group of Northeast students from Delhi University invited Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh for an informal discussion over several issues of their concern, earlier this week.
During the course of the interaction, Dr Singh talked to the students about how the Ministry of DoNER had written to Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi to identify a piece of land where a hostel could be brought up to accommodate Northeast students from various DU colleges. He also informed the gathering that Ministry of DoNER had already acquired a piece of land in JNU which is now ready to be used for a Northeast hostel.
Responding to another suggestion by students, Dr Jitendra Singh said, he saw merit in the demand that, in the Guest Houses in Delhi of eight States of Northeast, a certain priority can be earmarked for accommodating the needy patients from these states or the poor students who come to Delhi to appear in different exams, reports Business Standard. The issue will be taken up with the Delhi based Resident Commissioners (RCs) of North Eastern States, added Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea of promoting tours by students from other states to Northeast also found a place in the discussion and received appreciation. The students have deemed the practice extremely fruitful and wish for it to continue.
The students have only praises for Dr Jitendra Singh, thanks to the way he has struck a direct personal rapport with the students from Northeast. According to Kamkara ever since Dr Jitendra Singh had taken over the Ministry of DoNER, the students felt very confident to approach him, even at short notice, without going through any formalities.