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Cab. Sub-Committee at Lumami; NUTA stays away

(L-R) Prof. K. Kannan, T.R Zeliang, Imkong L Imchen, Azo Neinu and F.P Solo at the meeting, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent Lumami, Mar 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Mar. 2011 12:30 AM IST
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The State Cabinet Sub-Committee, formed in 2009 to help resolve the various problems in Nagaland University Wednesday visited the University headquarters at Lumami and met the Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. K. Kannan. The Sub-Committee led by its chairman T. R. Zeliang planning minister along with other members Azo Neinu minister health & family welfare, Imkong L Imchen home minister, G. Kaito Aye minister roads & bridges, M.C Konyak forest minister and F.P Solo, commissioner & secretary as member secretary. A closed door meeting was held between the Sub-Committee members and the Vice Chancellor.
The Sub-Committee members disclosed that they were supposed to meet both the VC and NUTA members but that the latter refused to attend the meeting. The committee members said that they were supposed to have interactions and give questionnaires to both NUTA and VC. Basing on these interactions, they were hoping bring a logical conclusion to the problems plaguing the NU. Nevertheless, the committee said it would be meeting all concerned later in order to find a logical conclusion. The members said they were supposed to submit their recommendations to the State Cabinet only after the meeting but since NUTA members were absent, the recommendations could not be submitted.
The Committee in its questionnaire posed a serious of questions to the VC during the meeting ranging from the issue of suspension of some NUTA members to non-filling up of vacant positions in the university, non implementation of Master Plan for development of Medziphema and Kohima campuses and complaints on online system of examination in NU this year. The VC’s answers to these questions could not be obtained as the meeting was held between the two sides closed doors.
Meanwhile, the Central Executive Council of NUTA has written a letter to the Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee stating their inability to attend the Wednesday’s meeting at Lumami. The letter, appended by its president Rosemary Dzuvichu and secretary general Dr. N. Venuh regretted that they had to turn down the invitation as the CEC NUTA had decided not to attend the meeting. The letter stated that the NUTA had earlier met the visitor of Nagaland University, president Prathiba Patil at Kohima on March 9 and placed a series of demands. The president of India took immediate cognizance and directives were issued. As such, the letter added that the question of a joint sitting with the VC at this stage was infructuous and did not arise.
Further, the letter stated NUTA had also sought the attention of the state govt. on numerous occasions to look into the problems of NU. It recalled that the NUTA had submitted a memorandum in August 2009 to the chief minister enumerating serious irregularities and corruption by the VC. CEC NUTA representing the three campuses had a meeting in 2010 with the Cabinet Sub Committee and briefed the Committee and submitted numerous documents procured by the NUTA under RTI as proof and evidence of serious irregularities, violation of University Act, defamation of state government to the MHRD and MHA and corruption by Prof. K. Kannan the letter stated.
NUTA lamented that despite all such attempts to draw and seek attention of the state govt. to take up the problems in the University with the central government, the state government, citing vague excuses, failed to take action on their own NPF Inquiry Committee report on NU, along with numerous photographic evidence of bad constructions in Lumami headquarters, which indicted the VC Prof. K. Kannan on all counts.
NUTA also said that the numerous documentary evidences submitted to the esteemed committee did not evoke any positive response from the state government which was “most unfortunate.”
NUTA in its letter questioned the continuing “undue patronage” by vested interests of Prof. K. Kannan who it alleged had destroyed the university and undermined the people of the state throughout the VC’s tenure.

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