Manipur student organisations ask state government to look into absence of VC in MU


IMPHAL: Six different student bodies namely Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), Manipur Students Federation (MSF), Kangleipak Students Association (KSA), Students Union of Kangleipak (SUK) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) on December 7, urged the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the state government to look into the matter regarding the absence of a Vice-Chancellor (VC) for over a week now in Manipur University (MU).

In a release issued, it stated that as the former VC AP Panday has filed a case in the Delhi High Court over the new appointment of a full-time Vice-Chancellor, and the case is still pending, it urged the MHRD to appoint an interim VC in –charge.

“The absence of a Vice-Chancellor for more than a week at MU after its administrator cum VC Jarnail Singh abdicated from his post by an order of the Manipur High Court shows that the MHRD treats the people of Manipur as a second-class citizen,” the release added.

It mentioned that the administrative, and the academic work, has been affected by the absence of the VC which could hinder the students’ career and said that MHRD should take responsibility for the consequences.

The release also called upon the attention of the Governor of Manipur, who is also the rector of MU and also urged the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to intervene.

(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)