Imphal, Dec 4:
Noncompliance of Court order or perhaps – negligence from the part of the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) is likely to fume the Manipur University once again after Court-appointed Administrator Jarnail Singh had been granted to relieve from his post on November 30.
After Jarnail Singh had been relieved from being the Administrator of Manipur University, Senior most Professor of the Manipur University assumed charge as the Vice-Chancellor in charge as per the Statute 2(6) of the Statutes of the Manipur University.
While allowing Jarnail Singh to relieve from his post the Double Bench of the Manipur High Court comprising of Justice L. Jamir and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh on November 26 stated that the Union Government of India prayed for allowing the authorities of the University under the Manipur University Act, 2005 to assign the duties of the office of the Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University to Pro VC/ senior most Professor of Manipur University in accordance with Statute 2(6) of the Statutes of the Manipur University.
The process for appointment of the VC of the Manipur University is on halt midway due to the Delhi High Court’s interference following a petition filed by the former VC AP Pandey who had been dismissed by the visitor, who is also the President of India.
As leaving the office of VC with no one to take charge will be held responsible to the one who had been entitled by the Statute of the Manipur University Senior Most Professor Amar Yumnam took charge on Nov 2 in compliance with the Court order as well as per the Statutes of the Manipur University.
However, as the Union MHRD is still not communicating with the MU, some sections of the MU communities are trying to create trouble once again. The MUSU too seems to be ignorant of the Court order of November 26 and failed to understand the legitimacy of Prof. Amar Yumnam taking charge of the office of the VC in-Charge of the Manipur University, said an observer while interacting with Imphal Times. He opines the State Government’s interference by urging MHRD to immediately communicate the MU either by acknowledging Prof. Amar Yumnam as the VC in-charge or by appointing a regular VC.
Mention may be made that Prof. Amar Yumnam being the senior most Professor of the Manipur University is likely to retire in February or March due to superannuation, that is just 3 or 4 months from today. At the same time, 5 qualified persons had been shortlisted for the post of VC of the Manipur University, however, the appointment could not be completed due to hindrance by former VC AP Pandey.
Yet again, it seems the fate of the Manipur University is going to be in the hands of the MHRD.