An Open Letter to Principal and General Secretary, Cotton College, Guwahati

It is the sad story of a former student of Cotton College
who is eager to continue
her higher education in Chennai. She recently completed her 12th
class requirements from Cotton College. In Chennai, it is customary to produce a transfer certificate to obtain admission in any institute of higher study. This certificate simply contains the name of the student,
father's name of the student, his or her caste, date of birth & tenure of her study and a report on the student's character. However, in spite of repeated requests, the Cotton College authority, viz., the principal has
not agreed to issue this simple certificate. Without it, she is unable to be considered for any college in Chennai. The student is at a loss and does not know what recourse she has. It is quite likely that she may have to drop her plan for a career and become the victim of
a meaningless and unreasonable system.

Already all students of Assam are victims of our so-called educational system where the board results will be announced almost a month
after almost all other states of India (except for the N E states & West Bengal). When our bright students attempt to be admitted to colleges in other states, usually
the deadlines are already past.

The previously mentioned student and her family
are witholding her name so that it doesn't become public knowlege.
We are all waiting for simple justice be accorded to her.

In addition, we believe it is a bigger problem and there may be many students like her whose future may have been
jeopardized in similar ways in the past from various institutions in Assam. Unless steps are taken immediately, such situations may befall many others in the future.

Ranjit Gogoi, Quality Assurance Officer
Textiles Committee
(Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles)
212 R K Mutt Road , Mylapore, Chennai-600004