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Drawing teachers protest against Tripura Art Society’s monopolistic practices


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, July 13, 2023: In a significant development, a group of drawing teachers in Tripura, discontented with the monopolistic practices of the Tripura Art Society, have taken a stand and established the Contemporary Foundation for Art and Craft. Publicly protesting against the shortcomings of the Tripura Art Society, these drawing teachers, who previously worked for the society, have raised concerns regarding its educational practices.

Having run various schools affiliated with the Tripura Art Society, these budding drawing artists have voiced their grievances to parents and students, asserting that the society’s way of functioning is inadequate. They have posed several important questions to parents, students, and journalists, seeking answers that were previously elusive during their tenure with the Tripura Art Society.

One of the primary concerns raised is whether the Tripura Art Society has proper registration for the syllabus on which its examinations are based, as well as registration with any recognized university or educational institution. They have questioned whether the society’s syllabus and examination pattern align with the guidelines of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

Furthermore, there are doubts surrounding the operational procedures of the Tripura Art Society. Despite its establishment in 2016, it has been revealed that the society did not hold a bank account until that year, which is a clear violation of the Society Act. This raises questions about how the society educates, tests, and certifies students. Concerns have also been raised regarding the credibility of the society’s examination results, with allegations of unrealistic certification for students who have failed the Tripura Art Society exams.

Additionally, discrepancies have been pointed out in relation to the society’s infrastructure. Despite claims by the Tripura Art Society of having campuses across the state and being associated with Sri Krishna University, doubts have emerged regarding the accreditation of the diploma course syllabus and examination system for classes I to XII.

To address these issues, the Contemporary Foundation for Art and Craft, a recognized organization under the Government of India, has emerged as an alternative. Representatives of the foundation, including Saurabh Nath, Rupan Baruah, Nikita Nath, Mousumi Nath, Chameli Roy, and Soma Saha, held a press conference to highlight their concerns and present a sixteen-point demand against the activities of the Tripura Art Society. Their aim is to provide a credible and transparent platform for art and craft education in Tripura.

This development marks a significant shift in the art education landscape in Tripura, offering students, parents, and teachers an alternative option that upholds recognized standards and ensures a conducive learning environment.

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