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MU students burn VC’s effigy, MUTA sore with VC’s intransigence

IMPHAL | Jun 11 : Effigy of Manipur University vice-chancellor, Adya Prasad Pandey was today burnt down by Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) at the university campus in course of its agitation demanding replacement of the VC with a more responsible one.

Burning the effigy of Pandey, students shouted slogans, “Go back, VC”. 

The student’s body also demanded resignation of administrators from their respective posts who along with the vice-chancellor have misused their power.

Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) also staged a sit-in denouncing the vice-chancellor for not respecting the resolution of the general body of the association adopted on June 4.

MUTA asked the vice-chancellor to clarify the allegations against him by the student body and initiate dialogue.

The agitation against the vice-chancellor started on May 31, and the administration block and examination block of the university have been shut down by MUSU. As a result, the semester examination of the university which was supposed to commence from June 6 has been postponed.

As a part of protest against the vice-chancellor, signature campaign, sit-in protest and discourse programme had been conducted.

The vice-chancellor has been alleged for degrading the university. ‘The academic atmosphere of the university has been hampered and varsity has become paralysed after he was appointed as the vice-chancellor of the university, charged the student body.

Statutory posts of the university like registrar, examination controller, librarian and curator are being kept ‘in-charge’ which affects the decision making power of the person holding the post as every decisions arrived at by them have to go through the vice-chancellor’s approval, alleged the students.

It is also alleged that the vice-chancellor spent around Rs. 8 crores as travelling expense. He takes leave often and he never mentions the date he returns at the office.

He shows his opposition to the student’s demand of shifting the Assam Rifle camp from the university by using bullet proof vehicles and ‘Y’ category security escorts and directly showing his moral support for the presence of armed forces in the university campus, said the agitating students.

The vice-chancellor offer tender to his close ones, with the consideration of earning commission and appointed contract post of the university without any prior notifications and advertisement by using his power wrongly, alleged the students.

MUSU representatives said that they will continue to shut-down the university and continue demonstrations unless the current vice-chancellor is removed.

~IFP

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