HC ropes in Jarnail Singh to bring normalcy in MU
IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Finally, the High Court of Manipur has intervened to bring normalcy in Manipur University and appointed the former chief secretary of Manipur, Jarnail Singh, as an administrator to discharge the function of the vice-chancellor of the varsity with immediate effect.
Apart from appointing a neutral person as administrator, the court also suspended Pro vice-chancellor of Manipur University professor K Yugindro.
When contacted Jarnail Singh said that he will give priority to students and education in trying to bring normalcy in the university.
The former bureaucrat informed that he will come to Imphal on Friday and will directly head to the University and take charge as administrator. He will then discuss the situation of the university with deans and heads of departments while giving special emphasis on restoring normal academic activities and saving the career of the students.
During his stint as an IAS officer, Jarnail Singh had remained as DC of Ukhrul district, deputy secretary in ministry of power, principal secretary & commissioner of Manipur government, joint secretary to Prime Minister of India, secretary to government of India, secretary (border management), DoNER secretary and CEO of Project Appraisal Consultant LLP.
The Court empowered Jarnail Singh to discharge the functions of the vice-chancellor as provided under the Manipur University Act, 2005 and such other relevant statues and his primary duty and responsibility is to bring normalcy in Manipur University.
The division bench comprising justices N Kotiswar and Kh Nobin Singh issued the directive after hearing PIL No 49 of 2018, which is a clubbed PIL separately filed by retired Johnstone Higher Secondary School lecturer Chongtham Nimai Singh of Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak and Hemantakumar Ningomba, the editor of Huiyen Lanpao daily.
Jarnail Singh is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007 and he had also been the chief secretary of Manipur from 2004 to 2008.
Directing that the appointment orders of Shyamkesho Singh as registrar in-charge and W Vishwanath Singh as vice chancellor in-charge be suspended, the order also urged the Visitor of the varsity and union respondents to ensure that the suspension order of incumbent vice-chancellor of MU Prof Adya Prasad Pandey is continued and not revoked during the continuation of the office of the court-appointed administrator.
In the last hearing of PIL on October 5, the court had cautioned the respondent