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Students threaten govt with ‘self immolation’

Students threaten govt with ‘self immolation’
College students staging protest demanding early declaration of exam results in Imphal on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 9 | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Joint Students’ Forum, an apex body of student unions of colleges in Manipur Thursday threatened the government with ‘self-immolation’ if the concerned authorities failed to declare exam results at the earliest.

The results of TDC courses examinations conducted by the Manipur University have not been declared till date due to the Manipur University impasse.
Pressing the concern authorities to resolve the crisis in the university, students of DM College of Science, DM College of Arts and DM College of Commerce Thursday staged a joint sit-in-protest at the college campus.
Talking to reporters at the protest site, convener of Joint Students’ Forum A Vikash said that if the authorities fail to resolve the crisis in the MU and declare the results of the exams at the earliest, the student body will resort to self immolation.
He said the forum had earlier suspended all forms of protests after state education minister assured that government will take up works to declare the results by the second week of August. However, the education minister had failed to translate the assurance into work, he alleged. This has put the academic careers of the students at stake, he added.
In the meantime, Churachandpur district branch of the Kuki Students’ Organization has endorsed the 48 hour general strike called jointly by All Tribal Students Union Manipur  (ATSUM), All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) and the Kuki Students Organisation (KSO) due to commence from midnight of today (August 9). 
The general strike was called to register the grievances of the student fraternity over the long impasse at the Manipur University.
KSO Churachandpur, while endorsing its full support to the general strike, appealed to all like-minded student organizations in the district and the general public to co-operate with them by extending their support to the general strike call. 
All business establishments, educational institutions, offices both government and non-government and vehicular movement should be put to halt during the general strike hours, it added.
On the other hand, a joint meeting of executive members of the agitating MUTA, MUSU and MUSA convened Thursday afternoon has set August 14 as deadline to institute an independent enquiry commission to probe the allegations leveled by them against VC Prof AP Pandey.
The meeting after a thorough review to the latest development in their ongoing agitations reaffirmed the demand for removal of Prof AP Pandey from the VC-ship of the varsity.
The meeting further reaffirmed the demand for institution of an independent judicial enquiry commission under the Commission of Enquiry Act 1952 to probe the financial and administrative irregularities committed by AP Pandey while setting the deadline to concern authority to take a decision in this regard by August 14.

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