Responding to the allegation made by Nagaland University (NU) authority relating to March 24 incident, the Post Graduate Students’ Union Lumami PGSU (L) has not only refuted the allegation but also apologized to the Nagas as well as the Indian Government for vandalizing the medical inspection (MI) room of the University after the doctor failed to tend to one ailing student.
Elucidating their action, the union said it was the stance of vice chancellor (VC), Prof. K. Kannan towards students’ community that provoked the incident.
A release issued by PGSU (L) president Limameren N. Longkumer and general secretary T. Tohuka Achumi said the VC signed a Charter of Demands on September 6, 2010, promising it would be fulfilled by November 6, 2010. However, it regretted that till date, no action has been initiated by the VC.
It also condemned the NU authority for deceiving the public by blaming the students for the incident, and for not realizing the VC was the “reason behind the students’ anger”.
The students said it was impossible the University could possess property to the tune of crores in the MI room, while basic pills, cough syrup, first aids etc., were not even available or for that matter “outdated”, adding if the University had facilities worth cores then no ailing students would be referred to Mokokchung hospital.
The student body also asked the VC and the in-charge public relation officer to withdraw the FIR lodged by the authority; otherwise it said the students’ community would file an FIR against the VC and the in-charge Public Relation Officer for defaming the student’s and the patient Khanglong Konyak.
The PGSU (L) also stated that with much hesitation, it had to resort to the destruction of M.I room as it was an attempt to let VC realise that students’ will not compromise on denial of their fundamental rights.
The students’ also opined that the M.I room was of no use to the students’ as it never met their requirements, and further demanded for a new modernized M.I room as per UGC provision.
The PGSU (L) also condemned the Nagaland University Non-Teaching Staff Association (NUNTSA), Lumami general secretary C. Mhonbemo Lotha alleging that its president and general secretary led the mob and destroyed the M.I room and hence demanded an apology from him in the media.
While demanding the VC to “pay back” for the losses incurred in the destruction of M.I room, PGSU (L) has appealed the NSF and ENSF to condemn and look into the matter, and NGO’s to help students find a permanent solution to make NU at par with other central Universities.
Meanwhile in a letter addressed to the Governor of Nagaland (Rector), Nikhil Kumar, the PGSU (L) requested His Excellency to visit the campus at the earliest to assess the situation and solve the problems plaguing the University as well as the students.