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TNT Desk | June 10, 2018
Imphal: The Manipur University turmoil that began on May 30 continues to haunt the entire state, especially the student folk . Members of the Manipur University Students’ Union, who have been agitating since May 30 demanding removal of vice-chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey for alleged malpractices, on Saturday distributed leaflets containing allegations of his misconduct.
The students have imposed an indefinite shutdown since Tuesday.
The union alleged that Pandey usually arrived on the campus as late as 1 pm and often stayed back till 8 pm, using his chamber like a “night club”, meeting women, contractors, businessmen and MLAs.
It alleged that Pandey attends office hardly 10 days in a month and used university funds for frequent travel. He has spent nearly Rs 8 crore on travelling, the union alleged.
The union also alleged that statutory posts of registrar, controller of examinations, librarian and curator did not have permanent appointees. Students alleged the failure to fill vacant teaching and non-teaching posts in various departments had led the university to fall below 300th position in the all-India rankings.
The union alleged its members were treated like “terrorists” and frisked by the vice-chancellor’s security guards before entering his chambers.
“Even teachers are made to wait for hours before they can meet him,” the union said.
It also alleged Pandey spent Rs 60 lakh for the upkeep of his bullet-proof car but neglected in repairing or replacing university buses, which were bought in the seventies.
The union said Pandey offered tenders for various work in the university to people known to him to “earn a commission”.
It alleged that he “donated” Rs 2 lakh to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from the university funds, offered Rs 5 crore to a Lucknow firm to set up smart class without any tender, offered a contract to another Lucknow firm for supply of exam paper at Rs 24 per sheet, which was previously supplied by a local firm at Rs 5. They also demanded a white paper on how the funds for the 105th Indian Science Congress were used.
The students also complained the last convocation of the university was held on April 29, 2014.
Pandey was appointed as vice-chancellor on October 24, 2016, and joined the university on December 13 that year.
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