Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected].com

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Ever since the establishment Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) as a cluster university in April 2018, it has been in news largely for wrong reasons. Since its inception the university has been run with utmost neglect and uncanny management. Dhanamanjuri University has earned a bad name not for the lack of students and academic aura but for the structural ad-hocism which has in turn plagued the every aspect of its functional identity. With no regular Vice-Chancellor, the university has remained mired in bureaucratic hands and red-tapism with circumstantial possibility of alienating the teaching community from making substantive inroads into academic progression. The much delayed establishment of Academic Council, Syndicate, integrated Internal Quality Assurance Cell etc., for the university are some of the repercussions of the ad-hocism that DMU has come to symbolise since its inception. It has operated as a University for more than two years while it has also successfully produced its first post-graduate batch. Ironically, the university officially has neither appointed nor recognised any faculty position for delivering the said academic duty till date. Thus, a serious question over the legitimacy of the degree of the first batch post-graduate students loom large due to the fact that no officially recognised post-graduate teachers existed during the said period of their course.
As the university completes its more than two years of existence, the onus lies on the authority to come out with a clear explanation on who constitutes the teaching and non-teaching staffs of DMU. In case of its failure to answer, a technical crisis over its identity would put the fate of the post-graduate courses run in the university at risk for the simple fact that no teachers have been legally assigned to deliver such an academic activity. Another aspect of the identity crisis of DMU has reportedly come from its technical inability fulfil the criteria 12 (B) of the NAAC. The crisis is seemingly large because NAAC in its proposed assessment is to treat the institute (DMU) not as a college but as a University. For instance, under the provisions of 12 (B), any institute applying for NAAC accreditation needs to submit a list of its teaching faculties. The tragedy is that DMU as a university that has no list of such approved teachers. Since DMU cannot fulfil the 12 (B) requirements, the status of DMU as a full-fledged University to be recognised by University Grants Commission is for sure to have procedural complications. The repercussions have been more significantly felt by the poor students of the university while accessing their rightful scholarships under UGC.
With the ever growing crises in the university, the existing teachers of the five constituent colleges; D.M. College of Arts, Science, Commerce, G.P. College and LMS Law College, of the Dhanamajuri University are up in arms about their unsolicited position in the university. According the Internal Structure Committee instituted by DMU in November 2020, the ‘existing teachers’ include the utilised faculties from several colleges of the state who were deputed to shoulder the burden of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in the constituent colleges of Dhanamajuri University. In addition to the woes caused by the SARS-COV 2 pandemic, the University is continuously in troubled waters due to enormous existential crises and apathy of the political authorities. The Ad-hoc Committee of the Constituent Colleges of Dhanamanjuri University has suspended the recently resumed online classes while affirming its stand to boycott offline classes as well. The Committee has been spearheading a series of sit-in-protests since the 6th January of the current year. The Committee reportedly submitted a memorandum to the V.C. in-Charge on 9th December 2020 to fully absorb the existing teachers of the constituent colleges in the Dhanamanjuri University before the proposed recruitment of 88 Assistant Professors.
The crisis in the academic world of Manipur is so apparent due to the depraved identities of universities in the state, may it be Manipur University or Manipur University of Culture. The deplorable state of affairs in these institutions of higher learning needs to be holistically seen as reflex of the embedded decay in educational policy making and its governance. The role of political class to engage the agitating teachers to reach an amicable solution is the need of the hour. The Hon’ble Chief Minister and the Minister of Education needs to understand the simmering crisis in higher education so that the lingering crisis of the DMU’s identity be finally resolved.

IT News
Imphal, Jan.10:

Assets constructed at Shree Shree Bijoy Govindajee Temple at Sagolband under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism was handed over to the temple committee today at a formal function organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur at the temple complex. Director, Manipur Tourism Department handed over the Assets to the temple committee.
Delivering his speech as chief guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who has a far vision of inclusive development. Under his guidance, the Central Government had taken up the Swadesh Darshan Scheme which aims to promote and harness the potential of Tourism of our Country, he added.
N. Biren further assured to reconstruct and preserve the sanctity of Thangapat at Sagolband where the Hiyang Tannaba (Boat Race) is held every year on the occasion of Heikru Hidongba. Citing the historical and cultural importance of the boat race, he expressed his willingness to make the boat race more competitive with the participation of well trained rowers. He also urged the Tourism Department to make arrangements for conducting the boat race at both Thangapats at Palace Compound and Sagolband in the next Heikru Hidongba festival.
Maintaining that the law and order of the State had considerably improved since the formation of his Government, he stated the State Government had utmost priority for maintaining peace and security of its people. He also informed that his government had been taking up steps to maintain proper and safe boundaries of the State by sorting out issues with neighbouring states, with construction of police stations, barracks, etc. He further stated that prevalence unity and peace among different communities is very necessary to take the State towards the path of development.
Speaking on the occasion as president, Tourism Minister Oinam Lukhoi said that Manipur being a State endowed with much scenic beauty, the State Government under the leadership N. Biren Singh had been working to develop tourist spots at various places both in hill and valley regions. He informed that an eco tourism park each for all the 60 Assembly Constituencies (ACs) of the state would be developed with funding of 30 lakh rupees from Tourism department for each AC and 20 lakh rupees from Local Area Development Funds of respective MLAs and the encashment of funds for the same is in process.
It may be mentioned that N. Biren Singh inaugurated the development of Shree Shree Bijoy Govoindajee Temple under Swadesh Darshan Scheme along with four other components of Spiritual Circuit in Manipur in presence of Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) on 21st December last year at a function held at Manipur State Film Development Society.
MP, Rajya Sabha Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L. Susindro, MLA Sagolband AC R.K. Imo , MLA Kshetrigao AC Nahakpam Indrajit, Additional Chief Secretary M.H. Khan, Commissioner (Tourism) Devesh Deval, Secretary to Chief Minister N. Geoffrey and Director (Tourism) W. Ibohal attended the function among others.

IT News
Imphal, Jan. 10:

Tourism Minister, Oinam Lukhoi Singh today flagged off ‘Cleanliness Campaign’ held under the theme “Let us join hands and make a dream village” at Konthoujam Lairembi, Konthoujam, Imphal West. This campaign is supported by North Eastern Council (NEC) under SWACCHTA Scheme.
Addressing the gatherings as Chief Guest, Minister O. Lukhoi stresses on the importance of imbibing the concept of cleanliness by all sections of society specially from grassroots level to lead a healthy and prosperous life. He expressed that the SWACCHTA campaign was carried out in line with the vision of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi who led the mass movement for cleanliness to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India. Lukhoi also stated that cleanliness is the essential responsibility of all as clean and healthy society will bring massive development in all sectors.
As in charge of Tourism Department, Minister further said that the Department is always committed with the concept of clean surroundings with a view to attract more tourist from different parts of the world. He appealed all to be part of this cleanliness campaign as it required concerted efforts and should carried out such campaign frequently.
Minister Lukhoi assured that the he will discuss with the CM to include the budget for the development of Konthoujam Lairembi religious site.
The function was also attended by Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Limited (TCML) and Jiribam A/C, Md. Ashab Uddin, Advisor to CM/MLA, Konthoujam A/C, Dr. Sapam Ranjan as Guest of Honour and President respectively. Commissioner (Tourism), Devesh Deval, Director (Tourism), Ibohal Singh and officials of the Department graced the occasion.

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Imphal, Jan 8:

Fitness and Science Backup Centre and Block-I Building for B.Voc Programmes of Kamakhya Pemton (K.P) College, Hiyangthang, was inaugurated by Education Minister S. Rajen Singh today. The centre and Block-I have been constructed under UGC funding.
Speaking at the occasion as Chief Guest, Minister Rajen said that the present government has initiated and introduced new schemes and programmes in order to develop education sector. National Education Policy, NEP, at the national level has been launched.
Under this scheme the number of dropout students will be reduced to zero. The scheme has covered a wide range of curriculums including vocational, skill development, personality development courses etc. apart from literary courses. For successful implementation of this scheme, task force and sub-task force have also been constituted at the state level, minister added.
Minister also maintained that the state government has launched School Fagathansi Mission. Under the School Fagathansi Mission, the education department has been visiting government schools located at different assembly constituencies examining the requirements at the respective schools. Renovation of old buildings and construction of new blocks is being taken up. Some of them had already been inaugurated under the mission, he added.
Rajen said that there will be no compromise in education. 37 Work orders issued earlier have been cancelled for not following the norms and instructions of the issuing department or authority. New work orders have been issued. The concerned contractors have also been advised to follow the instructions contained in the work orders, he added.
The Minister also maintained that there will be no difference between private and Government schools, private and government colleges if the effort of the concerned staffs and authority remain all the same. He urged all teaching and non-teaching staffs to render sincere service and appealed the people to cooperate with the government in its initiatives to promote
Speaking as Special Guest of Honour, Agriculture Minister, O. Lukhoi Singh said that it is because of the efforts of the college authority and staffs of K.P. College that the college is now considerable as not less than other colleges. He also urged the authority to have competitive spirit.
Dr. S. Aruna Devi, Vice President, GB, K.P. College, Prof. Th. Ratankumar Singh, Director, College Development Council, Manipur University graced the occasion as President and Guest of Honour respectively.


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