Nagaland Students’ Federation (NSF) has voiced strong objections to the ‘One Nation, One Student ID’ proposal, expressing concerns regarding its potential impact on the state’s indigenous students. The federation believes the initiative could undermine the distinct identity of students from Nagaland and other northeastern states.
The ‘One Nation, One Student ID’ project, proposed by the central government, aims to create a single identification card for students across the country. However, the NSF sees this as a threat to the unique identity and special provisions that safeguard the rights of indigenous students in Nagaland.
The NSF highlighted that the northeastern region, including Nagaland, possesses its own historical, social, and cultural fabric. Further, they argue that a universal student identification system could overlook the special privileges and safeguards currently in place for the students in these states.
The federation emphasized the importance of preserving the distinct identity of indigenous students, which is safeguarded by various provisions. Also, these protections ensure the preservation of their unique cultural heritage and support their academic pursuits without compromising their regional identity.
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NSF officials believe that a uniform student ID might neglect or undermine the safeguards and reservations in educational institutions that have been put in place to ensure equal opportunities for the indigenous students of Nagaland and other northeastern states.
The federation has urged the central government to reconsider the initiative and take into account the concerns raised by the northeastern states. However, they propose that any national-level policy must acknowledge and respect the special provisions and reservations designed for the indigenous students to preserve their unique identity and ensure equal opportunities in education.
This objection raised by the Nagaland Students’ Federation underscores the necessity for a balance between national-level initiatives and the preservation of cultural and regional identities. It advocates for a more inclusive approach that accommodates the unique needs and safeguards for students in the northeastern regions, particularly in Nagaland. Moreover, the federation aims to safeguard the distinctive identity and opportunities for indigenous students while also embracing national-level reforms in education.