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Controversy hits Loyola College of Garo Hills over surrender of sanction post

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Williamnagar, June 12: One of the largest prestigious colleges in East Garo Hills, Loyola College in Williamnagar, has courted controversy over the alleged surrender of a sanctioned post, that the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), claims was done under duress on a teacher by the head of the institution.

The student union has accused Principal of Loyola College, Fr. Stephen Athiko, of imposing his will by writing a consent letter on behalf of a teacher mentioning the withdrawal of any claims to a sanctioned teacher’s post.

The consent letter is an agreement that states that the teacher would not claim for sanctioned post, which has been granted by the state Government to Loyola College.

The consent letter was allegedly given to the teacher to sign on June 11, 2024.

In a statement issued to media, the student body has termed the incident as ‘unlawful’ and that the teachers of the college has condemned the matter. It further states that the teachers of the college has sought an apology from the principal.

The college, known to be one of the premier institutions in Garo Hills, is expected to give its side of the story on Thursday.

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“Had the teachers signed this letter, they would have forfeited their privilege to claim the post now or in the future. This is clearly illegal and unexpected behaviour from someone in his position. It shows a disregard for the welfare of the teachers by treating them as mere liabilities. The conduct is unthinkable and illegal as it goes against the Constitution of India. Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to life and personal liberty. This malpractice is a criminal offense u/s 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” the statement issued by the GSU said.

The student body further stated that Loyola College has been accorded “Peoples’ College” status and the local community has right to claim for the sanctioned post.

“Stakeholders should be made aware of the policy, and the local community, teachers, and NGOs will not remain mute spectators. As a representative of the community, the GSU is prepared to take further democratic steps if the high-handed attitude of the college administration continues,” it further said.

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