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Manipur University crisis: Effigies of HRD minister, probe panel burnt

Manipur University crisis: Effigies  of HRD minister, probe panel burnt
Agitating students of Manipur University burn effigies of HRD minister and probe panel members in Imphal on Saturday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 14 | Publish Date: 7/15/2018 12:05:55 AM IST
Students of Manipur University Saturday evening burnt effigies of Union human resource development (HRD) minister, Prakash Javadekar rejecting the probe panel recently constituted by the Centre. 
The students also burnt the effigies of UGC joint secretary J K Tripathi, deputy secretary (Central university division) of HRD ministry Surat Singh and registrar in-charge M Shyamkesho Singh. JK Tripathi and Surat Singh are members of the recently constituted probe panel while M Shyamkesho Singh was expelled from the panel on the charge of siding with the VC.
The agitating Manipur University Students’ Union, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) rejected the probe panel, alleging that HRD ministry was in favour of VC prof AP Pandey since the very beginning of the more than a month old strike.
The agitating students alleged that Union HRD ministry was in favour of the vice chancellor and demanded that no official of HRD should be included in the probe panel. 
Union HRD ministry had set up the probe committee to look into the allegations against Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey on July 12 last.
“We cannot accept the enquiry panel. Our demand is the removal of the Vice-Chancellor. Not an enquiry committee,” MUSU president Mayanglambam Dayaman said.
“How can a fair enquiry be done when the Vice Chancellor is still inside the (university) campus.  He is the person behind all the crisis in the university. How can we accept an enquiry committee when he is still sitting in the office,” said MUSU president.
“We demand direct removal of the VC. We will continue our agitation until he is removed from the post,” he added.
He further alleged that HRD ministry has been trying to divert the demand for removal of the VC by spreading false propaganda that the strike in the university was backed by anti-national elements.
The recent allegation of VC receiving extortion letter from an underground group which the state chief minister had related it with the ongoing strike was another strategy of prof Pandey to save his post.
“Despite all these, MUSU will not retreat from their primary demand of removal of the vice-chancellor. We will go ahead until and unless prof AP Pandey is removed from post of VC,” he reaffirmed MUSU position. Students of the Central institute under the aegis of the MUSU have been agitating since May 30 last demanding removal of prof AP Pandey as vice chancellor of the university.
The student body has accused the VC of “financial irregularities, failure” to fill up key posts in the university and “inefficient” administrative functioning among others.
Meanwhile, a delegation of state government led by chief minister N Biren Singh has been camping at the national capital since Friday to press the concern higher authorities of the Central government to resolve the crisis at the earliest. Sources said that BJP-led coalition government in the state was compelled to take up the crisis in the university as it could not remain silent after academic atmosphere in the colleges affiliated to the university have also been affected by the agitation.
Alleging that prolonged unrest prevailing in the university has put their academic careers at stake, students have closed down their colleges indefinitely.

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