Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mnp student body warns of agitation over 12-point charter of demands


A students’ pressure group in Manipur on Tuesday threatened to launch a series of agitations after the state government’s alleged failure to translate a 12-point charter of demands it submitted to the government in May last.
All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) had submitted a memorandum containing the 12-point charter of demands to state education minister Thounaojam Basanta on May 25.
The demands were related to improving the quality of education in the state, said AMSU general secretary Bikramjit Thongam at a press conference held at the AMSU head office in Imphal today.
He alleged that even after nearly two months after the submission of the memorandum, AMSU has not received any positive response from the government till date.
The key demand of the 12-point charter of demands included increasing the budget allocation for the education sector to improve infrastructure of educational institutions.
The general secretary observed that owing to downsizing the budget allocation, the academic atmosphere has been greatly affected. Other demands included appointment of registrar and controller for Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) and to vest the rightful power to the VC to enable him to take necessary steps to ensure a decent academic atmosphere.
It has also demanded effective implementation of the Manipur Private School Registration and Regulation Act 2017 by drafting a proper guideline, filling up long-vacant position of SCERT director; fill up long-vacant positions of regular principal and headmasters of government colleges and schools and to take up school rationalization measures to maintain a proportionate teacher-student ratio.
He demanded that the state government should stop the current utilization system of teachers, replace bureaucrat officers who hold in-charge posts of administration in the different educational institutes by professionals with academic background, introduce more inter-district public transport services to provide an affordable transport service to students as private passenger vehicles are unwilling to take students as passengers considering the half fare they get.
To solve the unemployment issue to some extent, the state government should open skill development and vocational training courses in various colleges and establish more community colleges, he demanded.
The AMSU has been pressing the state government to take up necessary steps in order to instil Manipuri nationalism among the upcoming generation by ensuring singing of the state song up to high school level as a part of education and to print the state song on the back cover of the books prescribed by BSEM.
However, no positive response was received from the state government even after nearly two months since the submission of the memorandum, the general secretary said.
If the state government fails to take up steps to implement Manipur Private School Registration and Regulation Act 2017 effectively and processes for appointment of regular registrar and controller for DMU before the upcoming monsoon session of the state Assembly, the AMSU will be compelled to launch an agitation during the Assembly session. The monsoon session of the state Assembly will commence from July 25. The 12-day session will have 11 sittings.

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