Students of Manipur University threaten stir on non-appointment of VC

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 3 | Publish Date: 12/3/2020 1:19:59 PM IST
Students on Manipur University on Thursday threatened to launch agitations if the Union ministry of education failed to address the doldrums in the administration of the Centre-run varsity by December 4.
The administration of Manipur University which is under the Union ministry of education is functioning without a regular VC or VC in-charge after court appointed administrator Jarnail Singh was relieved from his office on November 30 last. The former Manipur chief secretary joined Manipur University as administrator to discharge the functions of the VC of the Centre-run varsity in October 2018 following an order of the High Court of Manipur. His appointment as administrator of the varsity came after large-scale protests by students and teachers for around six months, demanding removal of Prof AP Pandey as VC who was eventually dismissed in February this year.
Even three days after Jarnail Singh was relieved as administrator, Union ministry of education was yet to appoint a regular VC or make an interim arrangement for carrying out the normal administration of the varsity. The failure on the part of the concerned Union ministry to come up with a concrete step irked students of the varsity.
An irked Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) today demanded that the ministry must appoint a regular VC or VC in-charge interim arrangement by December 4. 
In case of failure to do so, MUSU president M Bobby warned the ministry of intense forms of agitations from December 5.
Addressing a press conference at MUSU office in MU campus, the president alleged that normal functioning of the varsity was severely affected due to the absence of the VC.
Students were facing problems while obtaining certificates and other documents even as staff members in the administration were not discharging their duties properly in the absence of a responsible administrator, he alleged. “Has any of the varsities in the country run without a responsible administrator for such a long time,” he asked, alleging that failure to appoint a regular VC or make an interim arrangement was nothing but indifference towards students of the state.
Citing various reasons, including a pending case in the court, the president said that there was no possibility of appointing a regular VC immediately and therefore the Union ministry should make an interim arrangement like appointment of VC in-charge.  “We are unhappy with the attitude of the Union ministry of education when they do nothing to fill the gap even after three days of absent of a responsible administrator. MUSU takes the matter seriously,” he added 

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