Prof Pandey asked to return MU assets

IMPHAL,11th Sep: Along with asking Prof AP Pandey to hand over custody of all articles of Manipur University as well as services of various staff that he was entitled to the varsity at the earliest possible, existence of transit office outside the MU campus has been declared as null and void with immediate effect.

In an office memorandum issued Tuesday and addressed to Prof Pandey, MU vice-chancellor in-charge Prof W Vishwanath reminded Prof Pandey that he is on leave pending completion of the enquiry against him and is thus not entitled to continue possessing any items or documents that belong to the university.

Another order issued by the VC in-charge on September 8 appealed to the university community to extend fullest cooperation towards restoring normalcy in the varsity. As per information received here, Prof Vishwanath intimated Prof Pandey that the independent two-member enquiry committee had from August 23 started investigation to ascertain veracity of the allegations levelled against the VC.

Mentioning that ‘you are on leave during the enquiry period and until follow up action taken on the enquiry report by the competent authority’, the office memorandum further reminded about an earlier order that made it clear that there can never be a transit office of MU during the enquiry process. Moreover, it mentioned in clear terms that pending completion of the probe, Prof Pandey will not be entitled to have the assets of the university such as vehicles, computer sets and office files.

Besides ‘requesting’ Prof Pandey to hand over the e-mail ID and password of the VC’s office, the memorandum also stated that drivers’ cooks, gardeners and peons posted in the VC’s quarters should also be transferred to the university campus.

In supersession of an order issued on September 3 by the registrar in-charge and in partial modification of the September 8 office notice, the VC in-charge maintained that there is no provision for opening of a transit office outside the university campus as per the Manipur University Act 2005. Prof Vishwanath also directed all teachers, officer and non-teaching staff who are supposed to work in the university campus to attend office at the Canchipur office campus for dispensing official duties.

While recounting that after 85 days of agitation, Manipur University is now open, the VC in-charge credited return of normalcy in MU to dedicated peaceful efforts of the university community, the state and central governments and the people of Manipur.

Results of the 6th semester examination of affiliated colleges and semester examination of PG course have been announced while admission processes for MA/MSc courses initiated, said another statement issued by Prof Vishwanath to, apparently, highlight that academic normalcy in MU is gradually returning.

He also appealed to the MU community in particular and the state’s masses in general to remain calm and help/cooperate in the smooth functioning of MU so as to preserve the sanctity of the university and in proceeding ahead to achieve all objectives.

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