Governor, CM upset over Prof Yugindro’s letter to MHRD

IMPHAL,8th Oct: A recent letter sent by Manipur University (MU) vice-chancellor in-charge professor K Yugindro to the HRD ministry has evoked ‘unhappy’ reaction from Governor Dr Najma Heptulla and chief minister N Biren, both denouncing the VC in-charge for feeding misleading information to the MHRD as well as comparing the students with terrorists. In response to the VC in-charge’s claim, Th Chittaranjan, who is secretary to the Governor sent a formal letter to the professor on October 6 reminding him of how he confessed to filing the FIR with false information while stating that his action amount to defamation and crossing limits of protocols.

The letter stated, “…an unsavoury and distorted reference has been made to what transpired in your (Prof K Yugindro) meeting with the Governor on September 21, 2018. The Governor is upset and surprised by your utterances which are misdirected and misleading.”

Reminding the VC in-charge that the Governor apart from being the first citizen of the state is also the chief rector of Manipur University, the letter said that the Governor has already been naturally disturbed and concerned with all that was happening in the MU campus causing academic loss to thousands of students. The President of India, who is the visitor of the university, was also equally disturbed and sought a factual report of the trouble in the University.

“The situation in the campus aggravated when you (Prof Yugindro) took over as Vice-Chancellor (i/c) and police were called in to deal with the students. It was necessary to get the first hand information from you being the Pro VC and VC (i/c) in the absence of the regular VC. You came along with Prof Arun Kumar, Dean of the School of Humanities & Environmental Science to Raj Bhavan and the Governor for better appreciation of the latest developments enquired about your taking charge as VC in view of the provisions in the Manipur University Act which vests the power of appointment of Pro VC in the Executive Council and not in the VC.”

“During the discussion, when enquired by the Governor you (Prof Yugindro) had also admitted that you had filed a false FIR against the students as you were never manhandled by the students. The Governor feels it very unfortunate that you used the term ‘terrorist' in the context of the students and teachers and such indiscretion will lead to further worsening of the situation in the campus,” the letter continued.

“The Governor is the constitutional head of the state and passing such statement against the Governor in your letter may amount to defamation and also crossed the limits of protocol and propriety,” the letter stated. At the same time, chief minister N Biren also condemned the VC in-charge for comparing the students and teachers of MU with terrorist, and said that the government will never accept such provocative statements.

Responding to posers of media persons on the sidelines of the 63rd Wildlife Week celebration held on Monday, Biren said that despite being a central university, all the students in the university are students of the state. The professor should not use the term “terrorist” against MUTA, MUSA and MUSU.

The government is putting its best efforts to resolve the crisis and restore normalcy in the university by holding talks with both parties. All the teachers, students, public and the government are like family and some episodes of discontentment and issues could surface up in a family but all could be sort out through proper talks, he said, while adding that second round of the talks will be held soon to find solution to the MU impasse.

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