Manipur government appeals for varsity normalcy

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, August 5, 2018: Manipur deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar on Sunday appealed to the agitating Manipur University community to cooperate the HRD ministry and state government in restoring normalcy in the varsity.

Joykumar was addressing the reporters at his secretariat in presence of Minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Karam Shyam, education minister Th. Radheshyam, minister for water resource development Letpao Haokip, minister for PHED, Losii Dikho.

The central varsity has been paralysed since Manipur University Students’ Union launched strike on May 30 demanding ouster of “irresponsible” vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey.

The student body alleged Pandey for not cooperative with the varsity community as he fails to listen to them on pleas for the development and welfare of the varsity. It levelled allegations ranging from administrative and financial irregularities.

The students’ strike was later supported by the teachers and staffs after the student body launched total shut down strike in the first week of June. It has turned to be a state issue when people from various sections including politicians started supporting the varsity community.

The government made the appeal for the cooperation following refusal by the varsity community of taking enquiry by a fact finding committee headed by T. Nandakumar Singh, former acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya.

Joykumar said, as insisted by the state government, HRD ministry has taken up a positive step to end the ongoing impasse in the university. He said vice-chancellor Pandey has been put on leave for 30 days and have appointed the senior most Professor W. Vishwanath as vice- chancellor (in-charge) of the varsity. He further said that bringing normalcy in the campus is important to facilitate the fact finding committee to enquire and in discharging their duties in a free and fair manner.

The committee instituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is headed by Retired Acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, Justice Nandakumar.

Joykumar said solving the problem of the Manipur University is the top most priority of the government as it holds the future of more than 25,000 students. Urging to resolve the issues, he appealed to all the fraternity of the university to allow the fact finding committee to proceed with their duties. He assured that the government is ready to take up further necessary steps, if the result of the committee is not satisfactory.

He also said that to discuss the new developments, the state government may invite the representatives of varsity community for talks soon.

The deputy chief minister said that the varsity community should not doubt on the enquiry as it will be based on facts and figures.

For the sake of the students pursuing their post graduates  across the 93 colleges of the state, Radheshyam said that their future is at stake as the 6th Semester’s examination results is not declared till now, due to the issues in the varsity.

He also appealed to All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur, Kuki Students’ Organisation and All Naga Students’ Association to reconsider their stand in the larger interest of the people of the state. The student bodies threatened to intensify protests if the crisis is not resolved by August 6.

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