Tension resurfaces in MU after Pandey resumes duty

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 2 | Publish Date: 9/2/2018 12:31:55 PM IST

Tension resurfaced in Manipur University campus after Prof. AP Pandey resumed his duty as vice chancellor of the university from Saturday.

Strongly opposing the return of Pandey as VC, the MU fraternity has threatened to resume their temporarily suspended agitation from Tuesday (September 4). After taking over the charge, vice chancellor AP Pandey, who is at the centre of the row, has issued orders reinstating Prof M Shyakesho Singh as registrar of the varsity and banning two protesting bodies at the institute. “The Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) are hereby being been banned with immediate effect as the Manipur University Act 2005 does not have provisions for existence of employees’ bodies,” Pandey said.

The vice chancellor, who was sent on leave on August 2, said in the statement that he has assumed charge and the HRD ministry, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and Chief Secretary J Suresh Babu have been intimated about the development.

The University has been almost in a defunct state for nearly two months after students, teachers and non-teaching staff launched agitations demanding removal of Prof AP Pandey as VC of the varsity on May 30 last.

The agitating Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) suspended all their agitations “temporarily” after an agreement was signed on August 16 last with the Union HRD ministry.

However, the agitating MU fraternity alleged that none of the points in the agreement was implemented on the part of the MHRD.

They claimed that enquiry against Pandey to be carried out by a two-member probe panel led by acting chief justice of Meghalaya High Court T Nandakumar was yet to be commenced.

Therefore, if appropriate action was not initiated by the competent authority against Prof AP Pandey by September 3 evening, they will resume the temporarily suspended agitations, MUTA spokesperson Prof N Debananda told reporters after a joint emergency meeting of MUSU, MUTA and MUSA on Sunday afternoon. 

The joint meeting also passed a three-point resolution demanding that the competent authority of the varsity must take an appropriate action against AP Pandey for his alleged disregard of the agreement on or September 3.

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