Noida: On October 5, 2018, the High Court of Manipur quoted the statement on the ongoing crisis in Manipur University, “Though the prolonged crisis and disruption in MU is not in the interest of public, we will have to intervene in the matter if the management will not be able re fix the issues. We hope that the university will resolve the crisis like situation and do not compel us to interfere in this matter.”
The High Court had instructed Manipur government, MU authority and HRD ministry, the respondents of the PILs, to give their valuable suggestions by 5th October to fix the crisis like situation in MU.
As per the court order, it was stated, “We do not want to pass any order that will directly intervene into the management system of the university owing to the fact that the concerned authorities who are held accountable to take care of the university affairs would normalize the situation of crisis and disruption with the pragmatic approach. The management has also been given the time till October 5 to submit their suggestions; however, nothing has come out till date. This is quite disappointing and unfortunate to ascertain the fact that the authorities are not at all bothered with the prevailing condition of the university and showing no urgency in fixing the matter.”
Stating that the current situation of crisis in MU may lay cascading effect on various other areas of the state, the high court again directed the respondents to either try to get the solution on their own by the next date or at least give their suggestions so that the court may pass the judgment accordingly.
A joint tribal student bodies that include Kuki Student’s Union (KSO), All Naga Students’ Union Manipur (ANSAM) and All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) were involved into economic blockade for five days on the highways of Manipur beginning from 5 am of October 9 for the sake of bringing peace in MU campus.
The signing of the MoA was put an end to the shutdown of the university campus which was as long as of 85 days. The campus was closed owing to the protest of MUSU or Manipur University Students’ Union for the removal of AP Pandey. Though the MUSU has put the allegations of financial and administrative irregularities on Mr Pandey, he denied all the charges.
Once again, on September 20, 2018, there was the disruption in the MU campus that was followed by a midnight raid in which about 90 students were arrested. There were 13 students and teachers that were put in jail post the arrest as the new pro-vice-chancellor has filed an FIR against them.
After this incident, the university campus came into limelight once again with the decision of rescheduling the Post Graduation exams and making delay in announcing the semester examinations admissions.