STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 27th Oct: Fearing that newly established Manipur University of Culture might be closed down prematurely due to lack of proper fund management, among other issues, Manipur University of Culture Teachers’ Association (MUCTA) staged a sit-in-protest demonstration in front of the gate of the university at Palace Compound here on Friday.
Addressing media persons on the sidelines of the protest demonstration, Irom Robindro, General Secretary of MUCTA, revealed that the University has not been able to function properly due to lack of funds. There is zero fund even for maintenance purpose and teachers have not yet received their salaries for the last 11 months. On top of this, students have stopped attending classes from October 12 out of disappointment, but the government is yet to step in, Robindro informed.
He also recalled that in light of the prevailing situation, Art and Culture Minister, L Jayantakumar Singh convened for a meeting with the association functionaries, but it did bear fruit as the minister received a call to attend an important meeting of the government.
While expressing concern over the fate of the newly established university if the situation remains the same, Robindro sought the assistance of both the government and like-minded organisations for saving the one and only cultural university of the state.
He further said that MUCTA will democratically fight for the university's survival.