Imphal, July 13,
President of the Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) , M Dayaman today questioned whether the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh is the spokesperson of the Vice Chancellor Prof. AP Pandey. The student leader asked this question following the statement of the Chief Minister during the press conference held yesterday which he tried to protect the incumbent VC Pandey saying the ongoing agitation is due to the instigation of an UG group over failure to pay a sum of Rs. 5 Crore demanded to the VC.
Dayamand said several memorandums regarding the irregularities of the VC Prof. AP Pandey have been submitted both from the MUSU as well as from the MUTA to the Chief Minister, MHRD and the Governor. Instead of looking into the matter which the University Community submitted, it is unfortunate that the Chief Minister showed favouritism to the VC Pandey saying that he received a demand of Rs. 5 crore from an UG and pointed it as the root of the present impasse.
Reacting to news report at which the HRD Minister had constituted an enquiry committee , Dayamand said the report did not mentioned clearly on whether he should be remain as VC during the enquiry. If so the MUSU and other University community will continue the agitation until the VC is removed.
Spokesperson of MUTA, Ng. Nimai while talking to media persons also strongly reacted to the constitution of an enquiry committee by the MHRD saying that the enquiry should be conducted by an independent body. He further said that the enquiry cannot be conducted while the VC remains in the office. He demanded the enquiry be conducted after suspension of VC.
The MUTA spokesperson also questioned the Chief Minister whether he would prefer saving the VC or the University.
After almost 42 days of total shut down affecting all academic activities in the Manipur University, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is finally set up a fact-finding committee to probe into the allegations against Manipur University Vice-Chancellor.
The HRD move has come after the President’s Office sought information on the issue and Chief Minister N Biren Singh’s repeated requests for central government intervention to break the impasse, report by National Daily Economic Times.
As per the report the committee, will have officials from the HRD ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) will submit its report within a month, The Economic Times report.