NNN IMPHAL, 10th May:
Students under the banner of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Students’ Union (IGNTUSU) carried out a protest rally Thursday to exert pressure on the Vice Chancellor for resolving the issues confronting the university.
The varsity students have been protesting for the past one week demanding ‘authority concerned’ to resolve the existing issues.
IGNTU students union is demanding to secure a clear-cut reservation system for tribals in respect of admissions of students (99 percent), recruitment of teaching, non-teaching staff of the varsity and administrative staff, reduction in admission and course fees, increase intake capacity of students from 30 to 100, hostel facility for boys and girls at the campus, construction of staff quarters, installation of bank and post office, rooms for faculty members and research scholars, e-library and computers in the library, opening of more departments (the university has offered only five disciplines/courses), introduction of UGC NET/JRF coaching centre at Regional Campus IGNOU study centre for MA courses and separate budget/fund for Regional Campus Manipur.
The students marched peacefully from Kanglatongbi and culminated at IGNTU-RCM. Later, the students staged a sit-in protest at the varsity gate.
Speaking to media persons, IGNTUSU general secretary E Wanglar explained that they were forced to take up the agitation since no response has come forth even after six days of shutting down of the university by the students.
Wanglar also said that the students have been demanding redressal of issues plaguing smooth functioning of the varsity since the time of inception of the university in 2009.
“The purpose of establishing this university is for the tribal students to pursue their higher studies and research activities but there is no clear-cut reservation policy,” the student leader said. Wanglar then appealed to the Vice Chancellor of the varsity to come to the campus and resolve the problem.
“IGNTUSU has submitted various memorandums on several occasions to the Vice Chancellor and other authorities but our cries have been ignored till today,” Wanglar rued. The student leader then informed that they will continue their agitation till the Vice Chancellor visits the university and addresses the issues.
The university has been shut down since May 3 by IGNTUSU.