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MU teachers to take mass casual leave against unresolved crisis

IMPHAL | Oct 9 : An emergency general body meeting of Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) which was held today resolved to take mass casual leave tomorrow as a part of the protest demanding the unconditional release and withdrawal of FIR lodged against the teachers, staff and students of the university.

The resolution was taken with the emergency general body meeting of MUTA held today at its office with professor I. Tomba Singh as president in the chair.

The meeting was discussed on the agenda of prevailing crisis of Manipur University and others. President of the chair also read out the proceedings of the emergency executive committee held yesterday.

The meeting also resolved that the statement made by professor, K. Yugindro Singh in his letter dated October 3, 2018 written to the secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi on the subject “Alarming Situation in Manipur University” for labelling the University Community by using “un-parliamentary words” such as “Terrorist like agitators”, “terrorised act” and “Accused criminals of MU” be strongly condemned.

It further resolved that the steps for rescheduling the pending examinations, admission processes for 2018-19 be held up until the academic normalcy returns in the MU campus.

The members took a serious note on the failure of assurances given by professor K. Yugindro Singh (Pro-VC/VC I/C designate) given to the members of the Manipur University Working Women’s Association and girl hostellers who were on indefinite hunger strike for the un-conditional release of students and teachers; and withdrawal of suspension orders of teachers and others. After a detailed discussion, the resolutions were adopted unanimously.

MUTA would extend non-cooperation to professor, K. Yugindro Singh till normalcy returns in Manipur University. It also resolved that if the crisis is not solved by October 11, serious course of action will be taken up.

Meanwhile, an emergency General Body Meeting (GBM) of Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) was held on October 8 at the office of the association, said a statement signed by its vice president, L. Jilla Singh.

During the emergency GBM, the participants minutely discussed the prevailing scenarios in Manipur University after which the members present unanimously resolved to condemn the midnight raid conducted by security forces inside the varsity campus on September 20, and the letter submitted on October 3 by the present Pro-VC addressed to the secretary, MHRD which used the term ‘Terrorists like Agitators’, it said.

The statement further informed that the members also resolved to stand united on the earlier resolution adopted by MUSU, MUTA and MUTA that “the Competent Authority of the University be requested to take up necessary steps for immediate and unconditional release of teachers, students and others who have been arrested in connection with the present varsity crisis along with the withdrawal of disciplinary proceedings and suspension orders of all employees of the University.”

The GBM also resolved to request the chief minister of Manipur to completely withdraw the state security forces deployed inside the University campus so as to restore normalcy in the campus, it said.

The members present in the emergency GBM further resolved to take a ‘One-Day Casual Leave’ on October 10 as a mark of solidarity to the arrested teachers and students, and if the competent authority fails to fulfil the above resolutions, the statement added.

~IFP


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