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MU impasse: Hunger strike enters 2 days;There is no PRO Office in the Manipur University Act – MU community says in response to VC Pandey

IT News
Imphal, July 10,

The relay hunger strike which kicks starts yesterday at Manipur University complex has entered two days. Members of the MUSU, MUSA and the MUTA stand tight to their demand for removal of the VC Prof. AP Pandey and said that the two press statement released by the office of the PRO of Manipur University is another misleading to all the people of the state as no such PRO office exist in Manipur University as per the Act.
The stand of the Manipur University community stand was made clear to the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh during meeting with the representatives of the MUTA yesterday.  A statement of the teachers’ body said that the MUTA wmphatically conveyed to the Chief Minister that they are not going to retract from the united movement for the removal of the VC until the present incumbent in the VC’s chair Prof. Pandey has been removed.
On the other hand in a press statement released today by the MUTA , MUSA and MUSU, the press statement of VC’s released in the name of PRO office as another lei.
“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  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”, the statement said.
FEDCUTA  shows solidarity
The Federation of Central University Teachers’ Association (FEDCUTA) Secretariat, in its meeting held today took note of the ongoing crisis in Manipur University, where the students have been on a strike for more than a month, demanding the resignation of the Vice Chancellor, Prof A.P.Pandey, for gross dereliction of duty and blatant  flouting of all financial and administrative rules and norms.

The FEDCUTA expressed its complete solidarity with MUTA as well as other sections of the Manipur University community, and appeals to the Visitor to immediately institute an independent enquiry into the charges of misgovernance, pending which the Vice Chancellor must be sent on leave.
On the pther hand the FEDCUTA also strongly condemned the brutal lathi charge on a peaceful assembly of students  who had gathered outside the Chief Minister’s residence to appeal for his intervention in the release of the mark sheets.
The FEDCUTA Dr. Najma Heptullah, Governor of Manipur, to intervene in the matter to ensure that normalcy is restored in Manipur University and students careers are not jeopardised.
VC released another Press Note for the 3rd Times
The un-recognition of the PRO office of the Manipur University turn deaf ear to the VC Prof. Pandey and for the third time another appeal to end the impasse was sent to media in the name of the PRO Office of Manipur University.
In The press statement the  Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey appealed the students’ leaders, Teachers and non teaching employees ‘ representatives for open dialogue .
The statement blamed the MUSU for serving their own interest and for not bothering the future of more than 60,000 undergraduate and more than 5000 post graduate students. It said that some teacher in the name of MUTA and Few Staffs in the name of MUTA are also helping the MUSU in creating problem in the Manipur University. The statement also said that the agitators are misguiding the common peoples by blaming the Vice Chancellor and the administration .
The PRO office of the MU statement also stated that the agitator are threatening the students, teachers and employees top join the illegal stir or agitation . And also compelled the deans, HoDs to resign from their post. The statement also blamed for force locking of offices of the important academic institute and term it as illegal.  

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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