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Thu, 20 Sep 2018

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MU Strike to be Suspended After MoU with HRD Ministry

MU Strike to be Suspended After MoU with HRD Ministry
August 17
16:21 2018

Manipur University community on Thursday has agreed to temporarily suspend its shutdown strike which has paralysed the varsity for over two months after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the HRD ministry and state government to constitute an independent inquiry committee to probe into the allegations against incumbent vice-chancellor Professor, Adya Prasad Pandey.

The MoU was signed after a marathon meeting which lasted for three consecutive days, was conducted with the three sides.

“The ongoing agitation shall be temporarily suspended after the issuance of official orders, as per the mutually reached understanding, in the interest of the public in general and the students in particular, resolved the meeting.

The meeting was attended by representatives of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) on one side and G.C. Hosur, joint secretary, HRD ministry on the other in the presence of Manipur chief minister, N. Biren Singh and his cabinet ministers, top government officials.

Manipur University remained paralysed since May 30 due to the varsity students’ protest demanding the ouster of the vice-chancellor. The students alleged Pandey for financial and administrative irregularities, which the latter denied. The total shut down strike started on July 6 which has impacted the colleges attached to the university. Later, the teachers and staffs of the varsity joined the strike.

In the MoU, the three sides have resolved that the Fact Finding Committee will now be reconstituted as an ‘Independent Two Member Enquiry Committee’ chaired by former acting chief justice, High Court of Meghalaya, T. Nandakumar Singh.

Earlier, the committee was to be headed by Nandakumar, with UGC joint secretary, J.K. Tripathi and deputy secretary, department of higher education, HRD ministry, Surat Singh. However, the inclusion of the two UGC members was strongly objected by the varsity community claiming that they (UGC members) were a close acquaintance of Professor, Pandey.

The two members of the existing fact-finding committee will be replaced by a retired vice-chancellor of a university who is mutually acceptable to the parties concerned, said the MoU.

It was also resolved that the relevant order for the reconstitution of the fact-finding committee as an independent enquiry committee shall be issued on or before Friday.

The meetings also agreed that during the period of inquiry and until follow up action taken on the inquiry report by the competent authority preferably within a period of 15 days, Professor, A.P Pandey will be on leave, it said.

- Imphal Free Press

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