VC junks leave order, says probe team not trustworthy

IMPHAL,4th Sep: Rejecting the order for extension of his leave, Manipur University vice-chancellor professor AP Pandey Tuesday asserted that he has resumed office and started working after completion of his one month’s leave.

Speaking to media persons in his quarter near Sanjenthong, AP Pandey maintained that his leave had expired and he had resumed office from September 1 since he will face disciplinary action if he does not resume office after leave. He had also sent intimation for his service resumption to the ministry.

Regarding the extension of leave as per Memorandum of Agreement signed between MU community, Centre and state government, the VC said that he was not given any information regarding the agreement or extension of his leave. Though he came to know from social media that the enquiry committee shall complete its probe within short notice, the committee has not started its enquiry as of now and there is no saying when will it end. Besides, it is mandatory for him to remain in station during the period of the enquiry, he maintained.

There is no question of him rejecting the agreement made with HRD ministry. The ones that have been neglecting the agreement are the governments. On the other hand, VC in-charge has no authority in the policy matter of the university. However, the VC in-charge transferred registrar and other staff without authoritative power, he alleged.

As per report found in social media, the chairman of the enquiry committee is a close relative of one of the professors, who is levelling charges against him. As such, the enquiry committee could not be termed as an independent body and the committee is not trustworthy to bring the truth, he maintained. The ministry should reconstitute a high power independent enquiry committee to conduct the probe, he said and added that he will happily accept any action based on the recommendation of such committee.

However, Prof Pandey said he will not say anything now but will discuss about it when the time comes. Regarding the agitating MU bodies, Pandey said that students of the university are innocent but they are misguided by MUTA and MUSA. They instigated the students to disrupt proper functioning of the university, he alleged while adding that MUTA and MUSA are creating a terror atmosphere in the university campus. As such, he banned the two bodies and prohibited their activities in the university campus, the VC reasoned and added that all those responsible for the instigation will be dealt with severely.

Upon questioning his claim of the enquiry committee being dissatisfactory while he has also been claiming that he did not received any information regarding the committee or the agreement, the VC clarified that he had no official intimation since he was on leave. He only came to know about them from social media. HRD ministry also did not informed him about extension of his leave, he maintained.

Clarifying his absence from the university even after resuming office, he said that MUTA and MUSA members have locked down his office and he is executing his duty from the official quarter at present.

Maintaining that he has been putting his best efforts to develop the university by developing infrastructure and hosting Indian Science Congress, Pandey said that some professors do not want such development which is why they are instigating the students to create chaos in the university.

According to a notification issued by registrar in-charge Prof M Shyamkesho Singh, informed that offices of both the VC and registrar will function from a transit office at the residence of the Vice Chancellor at Sanjethong with effect from September 1 for smooth running of the university and for security reasons, The arrangement was made after the VC Prof AP Pandey resumed the office on September 1 and both offices at the varsity locked and sealed by agitators, added the notification.

Meanwhile, VC in-charge professor W Bishwanath forwarded a written communiqué to the district magistrate of Imphal West for allowing entry of visitors to MU campus after a police team barred entry of people with exception to students, staff and teachers of the varsity. According to the communiqué, a police team is currently deployed in front of the main gate of MU and frisked every student, staff and teacher entering the varsity complex while outsiders are barred entry.

The action of the police created fear psychosis among students visiting the varsity for academic purposes as well as to students, staff and teachers of the varsity, it said and appealed to the district magistrate to look into the matter immediately and allow the university gate to open for all.

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