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Published on 17 Mar. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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The 7-member CEC NUTA delegation which is camping in New Delhi to meet various officials over the crisis in Nagaland University back home said that officials of the union Ministry Human Resources Development (MHRD) whom it met on Tuesday has assured that the NU Vice Chancellor would be immediately asked to fax the six letters of the six EC members for the Visitor to take decision. The letters, according to NUTA, revealed that the EC members did not approve the suspension of three teachers by the VC. The NUTA said it apprised the MHRD that the six members had written to the Chairman, Executive Council (Vice Chancellor Prof.Kannan) raising their objections on the manipulation of the 23rd EC Meeting Minutes held in Dimapur. CEC NUTA president, Rosemary Dzuvichu and general secretary, Dr. N.Venuh said in a statement that the association had presented the NU crisis demanding immediate intervention from the MHRD and demanded, among others, immediate convening of the EC meeting by VC, Prof. Kannan to revoke the illegal suspensions. It was mentioned that the ministry officials categorically stated that the Central Service Conduct Rules under which the three teachers have been suspended, could “never be applied to University teachers” as nowhere in Indian Universities, CCS Rules were applied to teachers. NUTA said University teachers were not government servants and hence these rules never applied to them. “Only University employees and not teachers fall under the CCS Rules, and therefore, suspending and charging teachers under the Central Service Conduct Rules is highly illegal,” the NUTA said. The NUTA said its delegation was also informed that the autonomy of Universities allow teachers to be active members of political parties, stand for election and even become ministers as in the cases of Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, and the present prime minister Prof. Manmohan Singh. NUTA said that the MHRD clearly told its delegation that Universities allow freedom of expression and differences of political ideologies and that University was a place where different views were respected and debated. It was stated that the MHRD appreciated the unity of the teaching community on the struggle for justice. NUTA said the MHRD was deeply concerned on the false information provided by the Vice Chancellor on the development at Lumami. The NUTA has reiterated its stand that immediate infrastructural development must be initiated for the Headquarters and has demanded that a team be sent to Lumami for a factual study on the report given by the Vice Chancellor. NUTA said it was expected to meet the MHRD minister and the Visitor on the NU crisis. They would also be meeting the SC/ST Commission at Delhi, representing on the atrocities being committed on the ST/SC teachers in the University. PGSUs ultimatum to VC, NUTA Post Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) of Kohima, SETAM and SASARD campuses have served separate ultimatums to the Vice Chancellor Nagaland University and CEC NUTA, to resolve the ongoing crisis in the university and to resume normal classes respectively before March 17. In the event of VC’s failure to resolve the crisis, the three unions said they would be forced to stir up action against him and that he would be held responsible if any problematic situation arose out of it. In the event of CEC NUTA’s failure to resume normal classes, the unions said they would be constrained to initiate “drastic measure” against the association and that it would censure the association if any untoward incident arose out of it. The ultimatums were signed by PGSU (NUCK) president, Izuto Jimo, PGSU (SETAM), Kezhochol Rhetso and PGSU (SASARD), Martin Joror. PGSU (L) plea to NUTA Stating that it saw no solution with academic closure, the PGSU (L) appealed the NUTA (Kohima and SASARD Campus) to resolve the issues and resume classes for the sake of the students who were already one semester behind other central universities. The PGSU (L) said the university stood for the students welfare and career and therefore, the issue whatsoever, should not compromise with the students’ career. It clarified the classes at NU headquarter, Lumami were “running smoothly without academic closure.” The PGSU (L) urged the VC and the suspended teachers to sit and arrive at an amicable solution at the earliest, instead of finding solution at the expense of the students.

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