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Students cremate VC’s effigy : 28 department heads resign

IMPHAL | Jul 2 : Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) today cremated the effigy of Adya Prasad Pandey, as a part of series of agitation taken up by the student body demanding his removal from the vice-chancellor post of the Manipur University.

On the other hand, a total of 28 heads of department out of 32 have so far tendered resignation, intensifying non-cooperation movement against the vice-chancellor, said a source.

Four of them are currently out of station added the source.

The university students have been agitating since May 30, paralysing the varsity. MUSU alleged that Pandey is irresponsible and has not been listening to the complaints that are meant for the welfare of the university.

They said he is unpunctual in office attendance, and has turned his chamber to a night club. He also takes Y category security cover and rides in an expensive bullet proof car destroying the academic atmosphere of the university. These are only some from the list of allegations the leveled claiming these have made the varsity ‘defunct.’

MUSU president, Mayanglambam Dayaman said the vice-chancellor is cremated so that peaceful atmosphere returns in the university by bringing an end of evilish Pandey.

He said MUSU strongly condems the government’s act of trying to support the vice-chancellor at the cost of the career of many students.

In connection with the issue representatives of the students’ union have meet the chief minister twice and has highlighted the allegations and their demands. “Till today he has not taken up any concrete action,” said the student leader.

“We will not retreat the agitation until the A.P. Pandey is removed,” he said. MUSU hopes that the local and students bodies will continue to support in the further course of agitation.

A joint meeting of executive members of Manipur University Teachers Association and the heads and directors of institutes, departments and centres was held today in connection with the issue.

The meeting was held as there is inability of sustaining the mess in the all the ten hostels of the university as the funds was not released to the wardens due to the collapse of the administrative block of the university. One of the boys’ hostel has been paralysed since yesterday, said a source.

The meeting resolved to request to the authorities concerned to initiate steps at the early convenience to set up a ‘high level enquiry commission’ to probe into the alleged financial and administrative irregularities committed by A.P. Pandey.

It also unanimously resolved that the wardens be requested not to resign from their position at least till July 10, in the interest of the hostellers.

MUTA will take care of the needs of the hostels mess in order to tide over the disturbances and the hardships being faced by the students consequent upon the administrative failure to provide the needed finance, it resolved.

The gathering also decided that the members of MUTA will donate their one day’s salary for the maintenance of the mess and to tide over the adverse consequences of administrative collapse in the university.


~IFP

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