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Seniors, educationists to bridge gap between agitators and M’pur govt
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 17:
Published on 17 Oct. 2009 11:24 PM IST
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In a step to ease the deadlock between the agitating student bodies and government before the issue becomes critical, a three-member committee has been formed comprising representatives of senior citizens, education officials, teacher associations guardian organizations, private schools etc. to bridge between the agitators and government. After a long deliberation on various issues relating to the ongoing indefinite class boycott campaign, Ch Rita Devi, a senior lecturer of a government college and H Rajendra, president of the all government employees body have been entrusted the task of engaging the agitating students to facilitate talks with appropriate authorities, M Joykumar, secretary of the association of teachers of government higher secondary schools said when contacted by this correspondent. According to Joykumar, the matters arising out of prolonged indefinite class boycott stir was likely to be a critical issue with some students’ bodies and civil organizations coming out with strong criticism against the class boycott campaign. However, the agitating three student bodies have remained stick to their stands to continue with the stir. Mention may be made that after a meeting of the bodies of guardians of students called for ending the boycott with an amicable solution on or before October 21, two students’ bodies All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) and Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) flayed the three students’ bodies, AMSU, MSF and KSA using students as tool to achieve their goal from the government. Despite appeals from various circles, the two students’ bodies still stuck to their stands stating that the agitation was not in the interest of the bodies but for the future of the students. Joykumar said the three men committee has asked the agitating students to come forward with their written demands and also sought the government to create a conducive environment to enter into dialogue immediately with the students. Expressing concern over the prevailing academic situation, he observed that the minimum numbers of teaching days prescribed for class-I to X was 160 days and class XI and above 180 days. Stating that delay in resumption of classes would make it extremely difficult to meet the said mandatory requirement of minimum numbers of teaching days, he said it would result in non-qualification for appearing in the annual examinations. The committee of senior citizens, education officials, teachers’ associations, guardian organizations, private schools acknowledged the prolonged contribution made by AMSU,MSF and KSA in bringing quality education in the state by making “Education a free zone” and launching “Eikhoi Ningthina Lairik Tamsi (Lets study well) campaign etc. That is why, the three students’ bodies will surely hear and response to the call of the committee, he said expressing believed to bring an end to the deadlock at the earliest. The organisations launched the campaign in support of the Apunba Lup demand for resignation of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh and punishment to the police personnel involved in the July 23 shootout here in which former militant Ch. Sanjit and a passerby, Rabina Devi, were killed. While no classes have been held in schools, colleges and Manipur University since September 9, the classes have been disrupted ever since the public uprising began in the wake of the July 23 firing.

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