MoU settles IGNTU-RCM row, normal classes to resume from today

IMPHAL, 10th June: The impasse at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University -Regional Campus Manipur (IGNTU-RCM) has been resolved after an understanding was reached between the agitating students and university authority. Following this development, normal classes are likely to resume from Monday onwards.
According to All Tribal Student Union, Manipur (ATSUM), on receipt of a written assurance from the office of the Registrar, Indira Gandhi National University, Lalpur, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, the agitating IGNTU- RCM students’ union, executives of ATSUM and administration of IGNTU-RCM represented by deputy registrar SL Varte, assistant Joseph Lalremrout and political science associate professor Dr Ngalengnam held a meeting and reached an understanding.
Subsequently, the agitating students agreed to call off the indefinite closure of IGNTU-RCM which began from May 3.
According to ATSUM, the assurances have been given through e-mail from the office of Registrar of IGNTU, Madhya Pradesh with regard to increasing students' intake based on the existing class room capacity and number of applicants.
It also assured to consider revision of course fee for both PG and Ph D subject to the approval of the finance committee. It further assured that facility for e-library and access to e-journals will be made available at the earliest.
The registrar also assured that facility for JRF (UGC-NET) coaching centre will be extended to Regional Campus Manipur (RCM) and IGNOU study centre will start functioning once approval letter is received from IGNOU headquarters.
The email also stated that NSS Cell is already approved and ready to operate at the earliest possible while assuring financial assistance to conduct study tour as prescribed in curriculum/syllabus and programs in the departments as per applicable university rules. It also assured extension of Ph D stipend as per university rules, ATSUM added.
According to the office of the Registrar, an RCM Management Committee will be formed as per guidelines of the University and a special cell for Regional Campus Manipur has been constituted at the headquarters. Temporary hostel facility like barracks for boys will be considered as per feasibility upon submission of proposal by RCM, the email added.
Meanwhile, thanking the students for extending support and co-operation during the agitation, IGNTU-RCM Students’ Union president Haokhomang Chongloi appealed to the students to come back to the University for attending normal classes from Monday onwards.

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