Imphal, Oct 4,
Regarding the debate on the controversial appointment of Prof. K Yugindro Singh as V.C in Charge of Manipur University some few points related to the clarification on the confusion is being highlighted.
So far there is no official letter or notification order directly written from the side of MHRD, clearly stating by name that Prof, K.Yugindro Singh, Department of Physics M.U. has been appointed as V.C (i/c) of M.U. from a particular date and for a particular period . There is also no official order from MHRD stating by name that Prof. K. Yugindro Singh has been recognised as Prof-VC of Manipur University as a part of official confirmation of the order issued by Prof, A.P Pandey who was supposed to be on leave according to MoA signed with MHRD in the presence of Chief Minister of Manipur. (The follow up action of the MHRD after the suspension of AP Pandey is by virtue of the MU Act, 2005, Regarding the appointment of the MHRD seemed to be misguided)
On various grounds the appointment of Prof. K. Yugindro Singh as Pro-VC of MU by the order of Prof. A.P.Pandey, is still controversial Shri N.Biren Singh would have invited MU stakeholders to discuss the matter before he sent state and central forces to MU campus and advised Prof. K.Yugindro Singh not to join VC (i/c)forcefully.
On August 16,2018, the MOA was signed between MHRD and MU Stakeholders In the Presence of Shri N.Biren Singh C.M of Manipur. One very important point in the MoA is that Prof. A.P.Pandey should be on leave during the period of enquiry against him and till the action is taken on the report of the enquiry. Accordingly, the then Registrar (i/c) Prof. Sh.Dorendrajit Singh with the advice of the Chancellor of MU, issued an order on the extension of leave of Prof. A.P.Pandey from 1st September 2018. The matter was also intimated to MHRD by the chancellor of M.U.
It should be noted that the two member enquiry committee which was formed on 17 August ,2018 officially started its duty w.e.f.23 August, 2018 with its office at classic hotel. The first sitting of the two members was held on 6th September 2019. Therefore, leave of Prof. A.P.Pandey is consistent with enquiry commission and MOA.
According to Manipur University Act.2005, the appointment of pro-VC is possible only by the power of executive council in its meeting The appointing authority is the executive council only and the vice-chancellor can only propose name of the candidate for pro-VC in the meeting of executive council It is write clear that vice –chancellor cannot appoint by his power “in anticipation” a pro –vc without holding the actual executive council meeting. We cannot declare in advance a candidate “elected “in anticipation before a proper election.
In short the wrong appointment of Prof. K.Yugindro Singh as pro-VC by the power of Prof. A.P.Pandey, is very clear. During this period Prof. A.P.Pandey was on leave and he had not convened any executive council meeting for the purpose. Its handing over charge of VC to prof. K.Yugindro Singh is also wrong.
The main objection of MUTA,MUSA and MUSU is the wrong appointment of Prof. K.Yugindro Singh as pro VC by Prof. A.P Pandey, and subsequent upgradation of Prof. K.Yugindro Singh as VC.(i/c) of MU in clear violation of Manipur University Act. 2005.
The disturbance created by Pro.K.Yugindro Singh on 20 September 2018,while trying to take charge of vc (i/c) of MU in the presence of Prof. W.Vishwanath Singh is very unfortunate and condemnable, the untoward incident resulted in the complain of FIR by Prof. K.Yugindro Singh and the attack on the Manipur University Campus by the state and central security Force on the order night of 20 September 2018 by the order of CM of Manipur Shri N. Biren Singh. The honourable CM Should try to understand the details of the episode before sending the force. The CM should not try to put the police department and law court in his personal pocket in the name of democracy.
To conclude, the FIR should be withdrawn first, and all arrested teachers, students, and non teaching staffs, should be released unconditionally. Prof. K.Yugindro Singh should be adviced to leave the office of vc(i/c) without delay to return the normalcy as it is the only possible solution .
All of us must respect the MOA in good sprit which was signed in the presence of Mr. N.Biren Singh ,CM of Manipur in chair . Certain level of honesty from Government is required at this juncture.
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.