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AP Pandey refuses to accept leave extension, opens office at his quarter

IMPHAL | Sept 4 : Incumbent vice-chancellor of Manipur University (MU) Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, today said that he will continue to discharge his duty as the V-C of the MU despite having been served a leave extension order by the registrar in charge.

Speaking to media persons at his Sanjenthong quarter, Prof. AP Pandey said he resumed his duty on September 1 after having completed his 30 days leave. He informed that a camp office has been opened at his official quarter and has started discharging his duties as V-C, as his office is locked.

The announcement of Pandey comes a day after his leave was extended by, Sh. Dorendrojit Singh, registrar in-charge MU, with effect from September 1, the same day he announced his return, until enquiry constituted against him is completed.

The leave extension was issued in the wake of a warning issued by the MU community to resume their shutdown strike terming Pandey’s move as an act of violation of the agreement signed by them with the HRD ministry in the presence of the chief minister on August 16.

However, Pandey refused to accept the extension on the basis that it was issued by someone below his rank. Moreover, he claimed to have not received any official intimation from both the Ministry and Manipur government on the details of the agreement or his leave.

“I have learned about the agreement through social media as I was sent on leave. Now, that my leave is over I have resumed my duties as a V-C is allowed to take leave of only 30 days at a time,” he said.

The controversial V-C further contended that the failure to start an enquiry during the 30 days leave is an indication the allegations against him are false. Blaming that the situation prevailing in the campus was under the influence of the teacher’s body, he said, “I know my students very well, they have been misguided by the teachers.”

Prof. Pandey also dared that he is ready to face any enquiry provided the probe committee is impartial. He claimed that the chairman of the enquiry committee constituted by the Ministry is a relative of one of the key members of the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA).
~IFP



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