Imphal, June 17,
Veteran politician Okram Joy Singh, who had represented as MLA from Lanthabal Assembly constituency for seven times and now a BJP spokesperson had sought immediate intervention of the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla to the ongoing impasse at the Manipur University which sparked out due to the inefficiency of the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Adiya Prasad Pandey.
Referring to local newspaper report, O Joy wrote , “without any contradiction or denial, is that Manipur University has incurred a sum of Rs. 8 crores being travel expenses of the present Vice-Chancellor. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Many other distressing facts are brought out in many local newspapers. They are not mentioned herein as it would suffice by mere perusal of the newspaper reports which are annexed in the letter”.
The BJP spokesperson also expressed dissatisfaction towards the attitude of the VC, in showing respect to the former Chief Minister of Manipur Md. Allimuddin who had laid foundation for the present University of today.
In the letter to the Union HRD Minister and Manipur Governor, who is also the Chief Rector, O Joy stated that October 19 has been observed every year as a mark of respect to the former Chief Minister Md. Allimudin who had laid the foundation of the University till 2015. However, present VC Prof. Adiya Prasad Pandey had refused the permission for the said function for the successive years of 2016 and 2017 for reason best known to him.
“Such highhandedness and arrogance of the present Vice-Chancellor gives a wrong indication to the general public and it has been perceived by public on communal lines. It is also disturbing to note that the nefarious administrative design of the present Vice-Chancellor is not only disturbing the academic atmosphere but also it has created chaos in the relationship between the university and student community”, O. Joy stated in the letter.
Re iterating on how the Manipur University came into being the veteran politician wrote, “the foundation of the JNU Center of PG studies was laid by Md. Allimuddin, the then Chief Minister of Manipur on 19th Nov, 1972 at Canchipur (Present site of the Manipur University). The erstwhile Post-Graduate Departments of Guwahati University run by the govt. of Manipur at the Youth Hostel of DM College, Imphal was taken over by JNU Center including all the infrastructure as per decision of the Govt. of Manipur. The PG Center of JNU started functioning at Canchipur in the year 1973 and it continued upto 1980”.
He further stated that the Manipur University Act, 1980 (Act No. 8 of 1980) was passed by the Manipur Assembly on 5th June, of the same year. The Manipur University was again established in the year 1980 at Canchipur (The present site of MU). All the PG Department of JNU were merged with the newly established Manipur University including all staff, faculty-member, land, moveable and immoveable properties under a resolution passed by JNU Center.
Further, the Manipur Assembly passed a unanimous resolution for establishment of a full-fledged Central University in Manipur on 13th March 2003 and thus the Manipur University became a Central University w.e.f. 13th Oct. 2005 at Canchipur (at the site where the JNU, PG center and Manipur University were established in 1972 and 1980 respectively).
The foundation stone laid by Md. Allimuddin for JNU Centre for PG Studies at Canchipur on 19th Oct. 1972 has remained unchanged. As a mark of memory recognition and honour to the initiative, effort, sacrifice of the local people and its leader and the Govt. and also former vice-chancellors, profesors, academician etc as well, a group of people with the family member of Md. Allimuddin, the then Chief Minister, Manipur have been observing and celebrating the foundation day every year in a very humble way in the Manipur University Canchipur till 2015. The said function was attended by Vice-chancellor and senior professors on many occasions.