Imphal, Aug 10,
The activists of North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) – Chandigarh Unit along with the students of North-East, held a protest demonstration at Panjab University, Chandigarh on Manipur University (MU) crisis issue. The protest was organized in solidarity with the striking students, teachers and staff members for more than 2 months now. The students also condemned the government’s role in allying with the Vice-Chancellor against whom an inquiry is underway and procrastinating in sending him on leave during the inquiry. Moreover, they also condemned the government’s ploy to divide the striking MU community and thereby try to reinstate the V-C.
It should be noted that the university students, students’ union, teachers and staff members have been agitating for more than 2 months, demanding MU Vice-Chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey’s removal. They are demanding his removal for the irregularities committed by his office. It should be noted that V-C’s office faces many charges such as corruption, nepotism, irregularities in administration, destroying academic atmosphere and misappropriation of funds. Irregularities committed by him include making arbitrary and illegal donations from university funds to the student group, ABVP. He has been guilty of not conducting meetings with Executive Council and Finance Council as stipulated by Manipur University rules and brazenly violates MU Act, 2005 by neglecting court meetings. He is also guilty of grave financial and administrative irregularities, including appointment to non-existent posts and vindictive denial of promotion to
It should also be known that NEFIS has also undertaken a mass signature campaign at Chandigarh University regarding this issue and the BJP government’s policy to dismantle public-funded higher educational institutions. The unit members have resolved to initiate a mass movement at Panjab University, Chandigarh against anti-people and anti-student policies of the BJP government in the coming days.