Imphal, June 13,
The 12 days old impasse at Manipur University is climbing towards catastrophe with teachers’ community re-affirming their stand of June 4 general body meeting after the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adiya Prasad Pandey expressed his unwillingness to listen to the suggestion provided by the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA).
An emergency general body meeting of the MUTA held today while re affirming the June 4 General Body meeting had resolved to demand an independent Enquiry Committee to look into the charges on administration and financial irregularities among others levelled against the Vice Chancellor Prof. Pandey.
Today’s meeting chaired by the Vice President of MUTA, Prof. RK Ganbhir Singh also resolved to form an action committee and to co-opt some members of MUTA as Member of Action Committee in addition to the Executive members, which means that the MUTA is all set to join the agitation being underway by the MUSU in their own way.
On June 4 general body meeting, the MUTA has resolved to urge the Vice Chancellor to clarify in public the allegations levelled against him, besides requesting him to bring an amicable solution to the present crisis in Manipur University at the earliest. After VC failed to response to the resolution adopted by the MUTA another emergency meeting convened on June 9, denounced the VC for giving no respect to the teachers’ body. A resolution was resolved to stage protest and subsequently MUTA staged a sit-in-protest on June 11.
Other resolution adopted in today’s emergency general body meeting included appraising of the current development in the University to the Visitor, Chancellor, Chief Rector and the Ministry of Human resource. The meeting however expressed appreciation to the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla, Who is also the Chief Rector of the University in her initiative to bringing an amicable solution to the present impasse.
With the students’ body MUSU not accepting a U-turn to their demand for removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof. A.P. Pandey and the resolution adopted today by the Manipur University Teachers’ Association, it is likely that the Manipur University complex be converted into a field depicted in the Cartoon attached along with this news report.