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Rai not to step down; NEHU students to continue stir
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 18:
Published on 19 Oct. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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NEHU VC A.N. Rai Monday said he will not bow down to the pressure of the agitating students who are demanding for his removal.
“Stepping down is not the option. I am here (as vice chancellor of NEHU) on the appointment of the president and I am honouring it. If the students are against me from taking over then they should sort out with concerned authorities,” Rai said.
This morning, too, they (students) resumed their protest demanding for my removal. They should have addressed their demand to the President and the ministry (human resource development). The university cannot decide on appointment of VC,” he added.
However, the vice-chancellor said, “I am ready to sort out their grievances if their demands were relating to the university”.
Rai, an eminent bio-chemist and former vice chancellor of Mizoram University, was appointed by President Pratibha Patil after Pramod Tandon completed his tenure Sep 12.
However, the NEHU Students’ Union and Meghalaya Tribal Students’ Coordination Committee vowed to intensify their stir until Rai steps down from the post.
The students, earlier has rejected invitation for a dialogue from Governor R.S Mooshahary, who is also the Rector of the NEHU and Rai to iron out their grievances.
“We will not accept Rai as our VC for his tainted credentials in Mizoram University and today we have announced our non-cooperation movement against him beginning tomorrow,” Kynpham Kharlyngdoh, chairman of the Coordination Committee, said.
The former vice chancellor of Mizoram University has been accused by the Mizoram Students’ Union (MSU) of violating a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and misintepreting the eligiblity criteria of the University Grant Commission (UGC) for the appointment of lecturers.
The Mizoram University had signed an MoU with the MSU Sep 15, 2009 that six qualified local candidates would be called for interview for recruitment in various vacant posts. However, Rai appointed non-local lecturers to the post, thus violating the MoU.
Earlier, Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal assured Mooshahary to send a central team to Meghalaya to sort out the stand-off between the students and NEHU authorities.
The Governor had also apprised President Pratibha Patil on the NEHU issue.
Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, who also communicated his government’s stand on the NEHU imbroglio to Sibal demanded for a central team to visit the state to sort out the imbroglio.
Earlier, two powerful organisations - Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)- in Meghalaya urged President Pratibha Patil to revoke the appointment order of Rai and instead demanded that a tribal vice chancellor should be appointed to the post.

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