Students question motive of Manipur University to reduce Tribal reservation from 31% to 7.5%


IMPHAL: Reports of mass exodus are coming out of Manipur University after the decision of the Manipur University Academcic council to reduce the tribal reservation from 31% to 7.5% .

The reservation policy for all central universities in the country is 7.5% for students belonging to the ST Community.

But there are exceptions like the North Eastern Hill university which allows a soft rule where more students belonging to the ST community are encouraged.

While the decision of the University is per Central University norms, many are questioning the motives behind announcing such a move.

Manipur society is at times deeply divided between the Valley where largely the Meitei's reside  and the hills where other tribes such as the Kuki's,Tangkhuls and other tribes reside.

Manipur University was established on 5th June, 1980 under the Manipur University Act. 1980 (Manipur Act 8 of 1980), as a teaching cum-affiliating university at Imphal with territorial jurisdiction over the whole of the state of manipur and it was converted into a central university w.e.f. 13/10/2005.

Amidst this announcement there have been reports that many Tribal students from within the state of Manipur have expressed deep resentment and started to leave or show dissent questioning the intent of the acedemic council.
Manipur which is a highly polarised state goes to election next year and this move is being seen by many as discrimitaory and politically motivated.
(TNT News)