Appointment of VC in-charge not acceptable: MUTA

IMPHAL, 4th Aug: Rejecting the appointment of VC in-charge, Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) has demanded that no such appointments should be made until vice chancellor professor AP Pandey is removed from his post.

Addressing media persons at MUTA office in MU campus on Saturday evening, MUTA spokesperson professor Debananda Ningthoujam informed that a joint meeting of MUTA, MUSU and MUSA held earlier in the day resolved to sustain the protest until AP Pandey is removed from the post of VC.

The meeting also rejected the government order of appointing the senior most professor of the university as VC in-charge and resolved that no such appointments should be made until their demands are met. He also warned of unwanted outcomes if the government forced its way.

At the same time, MUSU general secretary Kenedy said that they will continue their stir until the VC is removed from his post. He condemned the arrest of MU student Khagemba, who stays in a rented room at Kyamgei Maning Leikai by police on Friday midnight. He also condemned destruction caused to the protest site of MU community by police.

Reacting to the statement of the CM and the education minister, Kenedy said that it was surprising for the CM and the education minister to claim that the MU crisis has been solved by 90 per cent following the VC taking one month’s leave. He also urged all to refrain from interfering and sabotaging the issue without having proper knowledge. Anybody who wants to give suggestions or opinions are welcome to meet MUSU representatives, he added.

Meanwhile, People’s Action for National Democratic Movement (PANDM) has demanded constitution of an independent probe committee under Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 to inquire into allegation levelled against vice chancellor professor AP Pandey. Expressing deep concern over prolonged closure of Manipur University and possible loss of academic career of students, it emphasised that all possible efforts need to be initiated so as to ensure reopening of the university.

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