Students unions of a number of universities of the northeast region call to boycott classes in protest against the contentious CAA, the students staged sit-in demonstrations and flashed placards against the Act on the day the Supreme Court heard the issue. The examinations were kept out of the purview of the protest call and were held peacefully as per schedule.
Student unions of various other universities like the Tezpur University, North Eastern Hill University, Gauhati University, Assam Women’s University, Assam Agricultural University, Dibrugarh University, Nagaland University, Rajiv Gandhi University and North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology had called for the boycott.
Gauhati University’s Post Graduate Students’ Union also boycotted classes and staged a protest on the university campus.
PGSU general secretary Moon Talukdar told media houses the student’s fraternity of Assam and the Northeast are united in opposing the Act.
Pranjal Kalita, former general secretary of the Cotton University Students’ Union said: “Because of the examinations, we did not boycott the classes but staged the hunger strike and protest demonstration which was joined by a number of journalists, litterateurs, and leading citizens.”
The Cotton University students also staged a protest against the CAA and staged a hunger strike from 10 am to 5 pm on the university premises.
“Though the apex court did not give a stay on the CAA, segregation of Assam and Tripura matters is a positive development for the State and the region. We have full faith in the Indian judiciary and we believe we will get justice,” he added.
Colleges belonging to this region also joined the protest and classes in a number of colleges in Guwahati were affected.