Biren appeals to call off MU community agitations
– varsity communities denies leave to Pandey
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 2, 2018: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh has appealed the varsity community to call off agitation to retain academic atmosphere and the fact-finding enquiry can investigate and perform their duties smoothly.
The varsity community comprising Manipur University Students’ Union, Manipur University Teachers’ Association and Manipur University Staffs’ Association has been on the strike demanding ouster of vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey from the varsity.
Biren talking to reporters at his secretariat today said let us put a collective effort to bring back the academic atmosphere in Manipur University.
He also expressed his profound gratitude to the Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar for listening to the grievances of the varsity community and people of Manipur and for his intervention to resolve the two month long crisis.
Biren said the HRD ministry gave its direction to grant leave for Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, for a period of 30 days. During his leave, the senior most professor of the university, Prof. W. Vishwanath Singh shall perform the duties of the vice-chancellor. An official order has been issued in this regard, he added.
He said there are certain limitations of the state government to intervene in the MU crisis as it is a central university. “We need to co-operate and follow the Acts, norms and rules laid down for the central university. He appealed the varsity community to co-operate the fact-finding team so as to ensure that there would be no lapses during the enquiry.
Biren said his government has been constantly pressuring the Centre to resolve the crisis.
Giving leave to vice-chancellor Pandey instead of removing him from his post is an act of insult and challenge to the people of the state particularly to the university community, said the community during a press conference held at the varsity campus.
Teachers’ association general secretary, L. Sanjukumar said giving leave to Pandey is also an act of deceiving the public by HRD ministry to protect Pandey by jeopardizing the career of thousands of students.
The varsity community lambasted the registrar in-charge, M. Shyamkesho for passing the leave order of Pandey.
Prof. W. Vishwanath has already denied performing the duty of the vice-chancellor when Pandey is in leave. It will be the first in the history that a university will be without a vice-chancellor or vice-chancellor in-charge for weeks, Sanjukumar said.
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