The Manipur University community has been amazed this morning to “[I]t is hereby notify” (sic!) in the form of Statement Issued by PRO Office, Manipur University about “irrepressible loss”. In a very lamentable way, this second PRO Statement in as many days manifests the already proven incompetence, shallowness of thinking and lack of commitment of the present VC of Manipur University, Professor AP Pandey. We would once again assert that Professor AP Pandey should immediately stop further indulgence in bluff and disrespect to the people of Manipur. He should also stop compromising the sanctity of the offices of Manipur University. We condemn the “PRO Release” for the following reasons:
A. Instead of vacating his position, Manipur has seen enough of the shameless audacity of Professor AP Pandey to issue unsigned Statements to the Press warning the University Community;
B. Professor AP Pandey has never displayed in his tenure as VC so far that he is aware of the University Act, Statutes and Ordinances of Manipur University. Now he is talking of the Code of Conduct;
C. As uninformed as he is about the University Act, Professor AP Pandey has assumed himself to be the Authority of the University, while the University Act classifies Vice Chancellor as one of the Officers. It is this ignorance which gave him the false courage to put a Statement in the public domain that the holding of Meetings of Statutory Bodies is not mandatory;
D. As someone who had hardly stayed in Station and never attends office in time while in station, it is almost ridiculous for Professor AP Pandey to claim as someone thinking for the welfare of students;
E. As someone who encircles himself with armed security personnel all the time, we are astonished by the claim of professor AP Pandey as someone committed to the cause of academics;
G. While any public statement or official announcement is invariably made by an official, the two recent Statements are made by the Unsigned PRO Office; anyway no inanimate office can ever have the capacity to put any signature whatsoever. This is a blatant indulgence in continuing his old habit of assuming that everybody can be fooled and all the time; and
H. Once again, we assert that, there is no PRO Office in the Manipur University Act and hence nobody has the authority to issue such regulatory statements to the Press.
We earnestly urge the Present VC, Professor AP Pandey not to drag in the Honourable Governor and the Honourable Chief Minister in his ignoble PRO Office Statements.
In these circumstances, it would be more prudent for Professor AP Pandey to immediately discontinue his disrespect to the people of Manipur and vacate his position to save the wastage in maintaining him in the Sanjenthong Quarters without the University getting anything in return.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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