College Exams: MP highlights problems of students of Remote Islands

Port Blair, Sept 08: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands had met Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Education), A&N Administration Dr.V.Candavelou, IAS on 07.09.2020 and appraised him about the problems of college students of JNRM and ANCOL  residing at different Islands of North & Middle Andaman, Swaraj Dweep, Saheed Dweep, Little Andaman, Nicobar district etc for attending their of Under Graduation and Post Graduations final year examinations scheduled to be held from 14th September, 2020 onwards at Port Blair. He informed that all together 1062 students (approximately) from different areas/Islands shall be attending final year examinations from 14th September 2020 onwards but unless proper facilities such as transportation, hostel accommodations, mess facilities etc, are provided, these students will face difficulties in attending examinations at Port Blair at this crisis time of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After discussion, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Education) has assured to look into the matter to resolve the problems highlighted by MP as stated above.


Subsequent to the discussions held, the Member of Parliament has furnished the tentative list of number of students who shall be arriving Port Blair from different areas/Islands to the Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Education) and also informed the same to the Deputy Commissioners of South Andaman, North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar Districts for making arrangements for their transportation by road/sea, boarding and lodging at hostels at Port Blair. The details are as follows.

By Road:

Sl. No. Area    No. of students

  1. Diglipur 150 Nos.
  2. Mayabunder 242 Nos.
  3. Billiground 60 Nos.
  4. Rangat 150 Nos.
  5. Kadamtala 25 Nos.
  6. Baratang 40 Nos.

Total   667 Nos.


By Sea:

Sl. No. Area    No. of students

  1. Swaraj Dweep 50 Nos.
  2. Saheed Dweep 50 Nos.
  3. Little Andaman 80 Nos.
  4. Car Nicobar 70 Nos.
  5. Katchal 40 Nos.
  6. Kamorta 25 Nos.
  7. Campbell Bay 80 Nos.

Total   395 Nos.


The Member of Parliament also met with the Secretary (Shipping), A&N Administration on the same day (7th September, 2020) and requested to him make arrangements of boat services from different Islands for convenient transportation of students for attending their final year examinations at Port Blair and in response to that, the Secretary (Shipping) also assured to looked into matter.


In addition to above, the Member of Parliament along with the delegation of NSUI also met with Director of  Transport on 07.09.2020 where he appraised the transportation problems for the students and requested him to provide STS bus services especially for to and fro commutation of the students from North & Middle Andaman to Port Blair. The Director assured to do the needful.


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