Imphal, Sept 29,
With Prof. AP Pandey’s refusal to cooperate the 2 member independent enquiry committee looking to the crisis at Manipur University and after documents which were kept sealed in the VC room at A Block of Manipur University have been taken out, Imphal Times now felt that people across the nation need to know why the Manipur University Community stand firmed with their demand.
One factor which enraged the students of the varsity was his frequent absence and touring outside the state which makes difficult for students in taking approval for their research works whatever so related.
As per documents available with the Imphal Times, Prof. AP Pandey who joined the Manipur University on October 26, 2018 used to be out of station for a period of over 180 days out of the 482 working days. Which means , AP Pandey attended office for 272 days only. The total expenditure for his travel comes around Rs. 8 crores and was bear from the Manipur University Exchequer. Imphal Times had earlier reported that at most of leave return dates were not mentioned.
As per source available with the Imphal Times, AP Pandey made about 32 trips during 180 days which he remain out of station. As per report Prof. Pandey never prepared any official tour dairy in all the 32 trips.
On the other hand since Prof. Ap Pandey joined that VC Office in Manipur University there was never a regular meeting of the statutory bodies of the Manipur University which includes the Court, Executive Council, Academic Council, College Development Council, the board of studies and the finance committee. A source said that failure to hold regular meeting of the statutory bodies is a gross violation of the Manipur University Act, 2005. As per the MU Act it is mandatory to hold meeting of the statutory body for at least three times a year.
Moreover the last convocation held of the Manipur University was on April 29, 2014. Source said that Prof. Pandey refused to entertain the request for conducting of the convocation.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.