Imphal, June 30,
The impasse at Manipur University is climbing towards catastrophe after 5 more Head of departments tender their resignations today. Already the proctor and assistant Proctor and the 5 Deans of school for academic affairs tendered resignations on June 8 and June 4. The head of department who tender resignation today are Prof. Yumnam Amar of Economics Department, Prof. O. Inaocha of Computer Science department, Prof. N. Nimai of Physics department, Prof. RK Suresh of Adult Education and Prof. Yosobanta of Linguistic department. Source said some more Head of Department are also likely to tender resignation shortly.
Its now 32 days that students are protesting demanding resignation of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Pandey. Today too a protest rally was organised. This time slogans demanding removal of the vice chancellor of the Manipur University Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey now spread beyond the Manipur University Complex as locals of the Canchipur and Kakwa area today joined the protest rally jointly organized by The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA), Manipur University Students Union (MUSU), Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA).
The past 29 days saw total shut down of academic affairs in the university as the three main stakeholders of the Manipur University spearheaded by the MUSU demands resignation of the Prof. Pandey on alleged irregularities committed by him. The professor on June 24 made a clarification after 24 days of protest but failed to convince the agitators as his clarification could not convince the agitators.
The students’ body, teachers’ and none teaching communities along with the locals of surrounding area began the rally from Traffic Point inside the MU complex from around 11 am.
Carrying placards and banner denouncing the VC’s resignations marched the rally till Kakwa Market and then return back to the place where they started and staged a sit-in-protest.
MUSU President M Dayaman speaking to media persons called for a concrete solution to the MU crisis and reiterated that the protest by the MUSU, MUTA and the MUSA would carry on till a settlement was brought about.
MUSA President I Tomba said clubs, Meira Paibis and the people from the neighbouring areas took part in the rally. No ultimatum has been served by the MUSA on their part but the staffs association had met the Governor and Home secretary and also the chief minister of the state N Biren. Central intervention only would help in removing the VC and a word from the HRD Minister is necessary. The problem involves the MUSU and the VC and the MUSA was only mediating. There was no clarification from the VC and the clarification on June 4, after 24 days of the imbroglio when the examinations were already over, came too late and the MUSA in its latest resolution had decided to join the MUSU in the demand for the VC’s removal. The MUSA joined today’s rally in support of its latest resolution, the MUSA President said.
Meanwhile, BJP central leaders who are in the state did not mentioned anything about the present crisis at Manipur University which had severely affected the academic atmosphere not only at the Manipur University but also to all the colleges affiliated to the University.