The students, teachers and staff members of Manipur University have decided to organise relay hunger strike demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey from his position in the ‘academic interest’ of the university, with effect from July 9.
The decision was taken during a joint meeting of the Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA), Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) held at the MUTA seminar hall at Canchipur campus with MUTA president Prof I Tomba, MUSA president S Jibankumar and MUSU president M Dayaman Singh as presidium members on Thursday.
The meeting also resolved to organise a mass rally in the heart of Imphal city in the second week of July 2018 as part of intensifying the ongoing movement in the university.
It also resolved to reiterate the demand for the removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof Pandey.
It may be mentioned that Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) has launched an indefinite shutdown of the university since May 30, demanding removal of the Vice Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey over financial and administrative irregularities, including unofficial tours and violation of the University Act.
The students’ stir was also supported by the MUSA and locals residing around the university campus.
On the other hand, endorsing the demand of MUSU, MUTA also demanded constitution of a high-level inquiry commission to look into the allegations over financial and administrative irregularities.
However, VC Prof Pandey in a media interaction on June 24 said he was trying his best to resolve the crisis. But he failed to bring an amicable solution till date. Even the Post Graduate examination of the central varsity has been postponed.