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The tales of a forgotten University – Is India lsitening ?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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 It is now 30 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to empowering youths of the nation by 2022 in making global players in the field of development appeared to be another joke to the people of the country particularly to the youths of Manipur.

Every citizen of today’s world known that Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s dream will only become a reality only after they are equipped with the best systematic knowledge through proper education. Today’s world is highly competitive and higher education and research scholars are the only hope to make Modi’s dream comes true in the making of this country marching towards development.

When everything is going well in across the country with more high class institution like IITs putting as a priority area, it is unfortunate that the Prime Minister fails to spell out a single word over the prevailing issues in Manipur University which is on strike for nearly 30 days over the alleged irregularities of the Vice Chancellor Prof. AP Pandey.

 Well and good, a joint secy. of the higher education department of the Union Ministry of Human Resource and development had been sent to look into the matters recently.

But the negligence on the part of the Union Government to any issue related with the academic welfare programme of this state has always been noticed, not only at the time of this govt, but also in the earlier days too.

The joint secy. refusal to meet the MUTA representatives of MUSU at high class hotel room here in Imphal after having consultation with some of the teachers from the Universities, the VC AP Pandey and later the Chief Minister of Manipur showed that the joint Secy. would certainly not present the exact happening at the MU except telling that this are small matters where the VC AP Pandey and CM can resolved.

This is a speculation, but following the silence of the HRD Ministry over the matter indicates that the speculation is reasonable.

It is hard to understand on how the chief minister of Manipur had announced an enquiry to the issue arises at Manipur University when the state govt can only urged the concerned HRD Ministry to look into the matter.

May to Chief Minister N. Biren singh would have strong desires to solve the ongoing issue. But such an announcement when academic activities is totally collapse not only in the university but also to all the colleges affiliated to the university is an exposition of his attitude towards the people.

Common people can be fooled for some time but cannot be fooled every time. But then fooling an academia is a tough job, the emotion, sentiment and high promises will find no room to convince the academicians. What the Chief Minster should understand is that those uprising in the Manipur University are highly intellectual community who plan, think and shape the future.

A mere commitment of constituting an enquiry under the Manipur govt. well not serves it. A high level that too an independent enquiry headed by some retired Judge which is constituted at the level of the Union HRD Ministry will be the only solution.

Meanwhile report of some teachers receiving threat intimidation calls will not work this time. If Pandey want to continue he should revealed everything that has been alleged by presenting a white paper. Threat intimidation or diplomatic lobby or trying to shut the mouth of those protesting against him by bribing will not work this time.       


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