DESAM demands affiliation of dance, music colleges under Manipur University

DESAM cultural affairs secretary Oinam Surjakanta said that Government Dance College Manipur was set up in 1958 but the institute is yet to affiliate in any of the universities.


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The Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) demanded the state government to take up necessary steps for the affiliation of Government Dance College and Shri Shri Balmukund Dev Music College under Manipur University.

In a press conference held at its head office on Monday, DESAM cultural affairs secretary Oinam Surjakanta said that Government Dance College Manipur was set up in 1958 but unfortunately the institute is yet to affiliate in any of the universities. Consequently, the students who have completed their degree from this college are facing a lot of challenges while trying to pursue a higher degree in any other universities. The students have to face various difficulties even in applying for jobs in their fields of dance and music.

In view of the difficulties faced by the students, the state government should consider affiliation of these dance and music colleges under MU, he appealed while stating that students of these institutes play an important role in presenting arts and culture of the state at national and international levels. As such keeping their future at stake after completion of their course would be a loss of the state.

He further said that after investigation, they came to know that the authority of Government Dance College initiated the process of affiliation of the institute under MY way back in 2005. But due to lack of proper infrastructure of the institute, it could not happen.

The college authority again urged the Department of Art and Culture on April 24, 2021 to begin the process of affiliation of the said institutes under MU by sending an application to the director. The director even forwarded the application to the commissioner of Art and Culture on June 24. However, no development has been seen in this regard till date, he alleged.

He also said that Shri Shri Balmukund Dev Music College is affiliated to one of the universities outside the state. Affiliating the state's institute with an outside university despite having one central university in the state is unfortunate. The state government should also initiate affiliation of this college under MU. 

First Published:Sept. 14, 2021, 1:18 a.m.

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