Tribal students’ peaceful protest in Delhi air MU chaos

IMPHAL,10th July: Under the initiative of Joint Tribal Students’ body of Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation (RNSO), Liangmai Naga Katimai Luangdi (LNKR) and Zomi Students’ Federation, Delhi (ZSF-Delhi), a peaceful protest was staged at New Delhi on Tuesday demanding return of normalcy at Manipur University. According to the joint body, Manipur University has been paralysed since May 30 due to the agitation launched by Manipur University Students' Union (MUSU) with the support of Manipur University Teacher's Association (MUTA) over their demand for removal of the Vice-Chancellor.

In-spite of repeated requests from the Registrar and the Vice-Chancellor of the university for adequate security arrangement for restoration of normalcy in the university, the state government, which is responsible for maintaining law and order situation, has not taken any effective measure for restoration of normalcy.

In all 86 colleges and institutions in the state are affiliated to Manipur University with more than 20,000 BA students and over 3000 MA students enrolled. Due to the current impasse created by the MUSU volunteers inside the university, disrupting all administrative and academic affairs, the careers of students are in great jeopardy, claimed the Joint Tribal Students’ body.

This tantamount to assassination of students’ career. The agitation is only counter-productive. This is an irreparable loss for the whole society. The blame game should stop immediately and the agitating student body is once again requested to immediately withdraw its agitation to pave way for resumption of normal administrative and academic activities in the university, the joint tribal students’ body urged.

The allegations levelled by MUSU & MUTA that the varsity’s vice chancellor is incompetent holds no ground, and in fact it contradicts the reality. Prof Pandey is one of the most efficient and able vice-chancellors the university has ever had since its inception. Prof Pandey is performing his duty with a sense of responsibility and justice in all aspects of the functioning of the varsity in the larger interest of the student community. The notion that a non-local vice-chancellor is incompetent just because of being a non-local canot be a premise for his removal, the joint tribal students’ body asserted.

It also expressed dissatisfaction over the negligence by the government towards resolving the problem and contended that the state government has not done its job to restore normalcy in the varsity and this suggests there is an ulterior motive behind the agitation. University as a temple of learning should have peaceful environment for shaping the society and it should be free from unhealthy politics. The state government talks about free-bandh Manipur, but seems to be blind to the indefinite choking of Manipur University. The career of thousands of students have been affected but there seems to be no end to the imbroglio.

As such, the peaceful protest for return of normalcy in Manipur University was staged demanding the government or authorities concerned to take up adequate measures immediately to ensure safety and security of students, staff and properties and to facilitate immediate resumption of normal activities in Manipur University. It also demanded to establish an inquiry to investigate into the allegations of MUSU against the vice-chancellor and also to investigate if there have been any ulterior motive behind the agitation. While demanding constitution of a high level independent inquiry commission to bring permanent solution to the frequent problems in Manipur University in the last decade and appropriate actions be taken against all those found guilty be it the incumbent vice chancellor or his predecessors or any one, the joint tribal students’ body appealed not to remove the vice-chancellor until the completion of the inquiries and unless the vice-chancellor is found guilty of wrongdoings that befit his removal.

Meanwhile, the Joint Tribal Students’ body submitted a memorandum to the Union Human Resource Development minister on July 7 urging his immediate intervention to solve the problems in Manipur University.

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