MUSU cautions to intensify agitations

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 21, 2018: Manipur University Students Union has cautioned to intensify its strike on June 24 if the authority fails to replace the university vice-chancellor Adiya Prasad Pandey.

The varsity students today took up Human Chain demanding replacement of the VC.

The student body has been complaining that the university has been defunct since Adiya became the vice-chancellor of the university.

Pandey was appointed as vice-chancellor on October 24, 2016, and joined the university on December 13 that year.

Dayaman Mayanglambam, president of the student’s union said, “Our strike has entered 23 days today. We have apprised our problem to the chief minister, governor, president, Prime Minister and Union HRA ministry. So far we have not seen any step to fulfil our demand. We will not negotiate on our demand for replacement of the unfit VC and we will not retreat.”

The students made various allegations and the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has also been demanding clarification from the existing vice-chancellor on the allegations.

Six deans had resigned as the vice-chancellor failed to reply to the students’ allegations. The association alleged that the vice-chancellor has been silent over the matter.

Adiya made his clarifications on June 17 which the students are not satisfied and continue on with their total shut down strike.

The students allege that Pandey uses his chamber “like a night club”, meeting women, contractors, businessmen, MLAs till 9pm. They say he has spent Rs 60 lakh for the upkeep of his bullet-proof car, but neglects repair or replacing the university’s buses which were bought in the seventies.

They alleged that Pandey has offered tenders to close associates and got commissions besides appointing contract posts of the university without any prior notification and advertisement.

He allegedly attends office hardly 10 days in a month, leading to failure to maintain academic calendar besides delays in development projects.

It is also alleged that he frequently travels without giving any proper reason and has spent at least Rs 8 crore on his travels.

The union has shut down the administrative block and boycotted classes and examinations. It drew the attention of the governor and Centre over the standoff.

MUTA general secretary, Sanjukumar said, “We have appealed the VC to resign as the university remains locked. MUTA wants varsity to return to normality. We have appealed the chief minister and governor and have written to the PMO and President over the issue.”

MUTA says the allegation made by the students to the VC is proper.

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