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Education minister appeals for restoration of normal classes

IMPHAL | Jul 24 : Education minister, Th. Radheshyam has appealed the Manipur University community and agitating bodies to call off the present stir in the university and restore normal classes in schools, colleges and all other educational institutions of the state.

Speaking to media persons today at his secretariat office, Radheshyam said that the delay in declaration of examination results of students who have given their 6th semester examination has obstructed their option of pursuing higher studies outside the state.

He mentioned that around 20,000 students are expected to seek their higher education but the capacity of Manipur University is limited to only about 1,200 seats and the remaining students are expected to study outside the state.

If in case a backlog of such a huge number of students occur in the state, it will be very critical for the authorities in managing seats for higher education in the future, he added.

He continued that the government is working at its best level to resolve the crisis of Manipur University by strongly pressing the Centre as the removal of the vice-chancellor is out of the jurisdiction of state government.

Keeping the above serious implications with regard to the interest and welfare of 6th semester students, all the concerned stakeholders have a responsibility to chalk out a solution immediately, said Radheshyam.

There may be certain criteria to remove a vice-chancellor as per the University Act so the Centre is taking time to resolve the matter, he added.

Asserting that the state government strongly hopes that the Centre may bring an amicable solution very soon, Radheshyam appealed the university community to give some time and resume the academic atmosphere in the state.

Meanwhile, representatives of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) today met chief minister, N. Biren and discussed the matter of the on-going crisis at the university.

During the meeting the chief minister has assured to press the Centre at its best level to bring back normalcy in the varsity’s atmosphere. However, the university community rejected the appeal of the government of ending the on-going agitation for the removal of vice-chancellor, A.P. Pandey.

On the other hand, the education minister has announced that Manipur International University will be set up in the state and would have a capacity of 30,000 students. The university will be expanded in different districts of the state and will give free education to around 3,000 students.

~IFP

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