Imphal, July 11,
Large number of All India Students’ Federation (AISF) today staged a rally at New Delhi showing solidarity to the demand of the Manipur University Community at Delhi today.
Talking over phone to Imphal Times, National President of the AISF, Syed Vali Ullah khadri said that the protest rally started from AISF Office at 47 Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi at around 11 am and shouted slogan demanding removal of the Prof. A.P Pandey from the post of Vice Chancellor in front of the office of the Human Resource Ministry. He said a memorandum was also submitted to the Union HRD Minister as well as to the President of India demanding removal of Prof. A.P Pandey from Manipur University.
A video shared to Imphal Times show 100 of students marching towards the office of the HRD Ministry shouting slogans to save the central university of the country. “Shame Shame HRD Ministry”, Don’t Spoil the Universities of the country”, “removed AP Pandey from the Manipur University” were some of the slogans heard shouting by the AISF Volunteers in front of the HRD Ministry office where police team stopped them from marching ahead using barricade. No excess was seen taken up by the police deployed in front of the HRD Ministry when the students were shouting slogans protesting against the VC Prof. AP Pandey of Manipur University unlike the July 7 incident happened in front of the Office of the Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh where police unleashed reign of terror to college students who were on their way for submitting memorandum.
The memorandum also stated that, the Manipur State Council of the All India Students’ Federation has been watching closely since Prof. A.P. Pandey assumed the office of Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University. It said AP Pandey never discharged his assigned duties as a principal executive and academic officer of the University and had not exercised general supervision and control over the affairs of the institution. He acts as per his own conveniences and on the basis of his own volition without consulting the wisdom of the various statutory bodies of the University like the Executive Council, the Academic Council, the University Court etc.
The Chancellor is a very important post in the functioning of the University, but the post is vacant since November, 2016. In the regard, the present VC has not initiated any mandatory process.
Vice-Chancellor has not bothered to fill up these posts on the regular basis in order to pave the reign of his personal whims.
The memorandum also stated about the Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey’s late attendance to his office, frequent leaves of absence from the University without informing the exact date of return, purchasing of various items as exorbitant prices without prior approval of the Academic Council and the Purchase Committee, dictatorial purchase of a bullet-proof car for him, rationale behind Y-category security granted and its aftermath and delay for interview of promotion of faculty members and failure to arrange interview for fresh appointment of faculty positions.
The National President of AISF, Syed Vali Ullah khadri also stated to Imphal Times showed solidarity to the MUSU , MUTA and MUSA and said the AISF stands to protect the sanctity of the Central University across the country.
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