As per the reports, On Monday, Manipur High Court rejected the petition of Adya Prasad Pandey, Manipur University Vice Chancellor that has challenged the decision of Human Resource Development Ministry to formulate a committee of two members in order to investigate the allegations of irregularities levied on him.
Mr Pandey had demanded the court to put stay on the memorandum of agreement signed between the teachers’ association, the students’ union, the staff association and the representatives of the Human Resource Development Ministry and the state government.
The protests have been ongoing in the university campus since last few months and there was also the shutdown of the university from the period between May 31 and August 23. The students’ union and the teachers’ association of the Manipur University were raged to remove Pandey from his post on whom the charges levied were “administrative ineptitude” and “saffronisation”. To alleviate the protests, Pandey was given a month’s leave on August 2.
The Union ministry on September 17 suspended Pandey till the time the inquiry against him will get completed. Few days before the suspension, Pandey has appointed Y Yugindro Singh as the new pro vice chancellor of the University on September 10 and M Shyamkesho Singh as the registrar-in-charge.
Again the students’ union and teachers’ association raised an objection against the appointment of Y Yugindro Singh and M Shyamkesho Singh stating that there is the violation of the agreement that they signed with the government to put an end to their protest.
Suspension of Professors
In the mean time, there was the suspension of four more professors namely Amar Yumnam from the department of economics, Ng Nimai Singh of the department of physics, M Ranjit Singh from the department of mathematics and N Debananda Singh from the department of bio-chemistry as per the order dated September 29 on the basis of misconduct.
Hunger strike by female students
On September 24, the hunger strike unto death was initiated by few women students of the university with a demand to release the arrested people. It was called off on Monday when Yugindro Singh, Pro Vice Chancellor, assured them for the release of the students and teachers.
Police forces to be removed soon: CM N Biren Singh
N Biren Singh has given the assurance to the teachers’ association of Manipur University that the police vigilance will soon be withdrawn from the campus. He stated, “I promise you that no police forces will be there in the campus and the matter will be handled smoothly on the basis of healthy conversations.”