Imphal, July 18,
Re-constitution of the earlier fact finding committee on the request of the Manipur Government for inclusion of a retired justice fails to tame the anger of the Manipur University Community as no change has been made to the nature of the committee as well as both the persons who were close associates from the UGC and the MHRD still remain as a member.
The Manipur University Community – MUSA , MUTA and MUSU has been demanding an independent enquiry committee after removal of the Prof. AP Pandey from the VCship. Earlier order released by the MHRD after 40 days of total shut down of academic activities comprises of JK Tripathi, Joint secretary of the university Grant Commission and Surat Singh Deputy Secretary MHRD.
Perhaps an assumption without going deep to the demand of the MU community, the Government of Manipur urged the MHRD for inclusion of T. Nandakumar , Former acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya. An order has been issued yesterday.
An urgent Joint meeting of the MUSA, MUSU and MUTA today at Manipur University dissected the MHRD order structure of the reconstituted fact finding committee. After deliberation the members of the Manipur University find the committee as an absolute insult to the intelligence of the people of Manipur in General and the University Community in particular.
The members present during today’s emergency meeting however lauded the appointment of a retired acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court as the chairman of the committee. However, the members were dismay by the amorphous nature of the reconstituted fact finding committee as neither Independent nor judicial.
The meeting resolved to demand that the enquiry Committee after the removal of Prof. AP Pandey to look into the financial and administrative irregularities committee by him be truly independent and judicial.
The MU Community resolved not to extend any co-operation to the so call fact finding committee.
Regarding the demand for appointment of pro VC the members of the Manipur University Teachers’ Association expressed surprised on what prompt the Chief Minister to advise his secretary to mention it as selection of Pro VC is done after the recommendation by the Vice Chancellor and after getting approval from the Executive Council of the University.