Days after Manipur University (MU) Vice-Chancellor AP Pandey ordered a ban on Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA), former Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh on Monday slammed Pandey's order and asked if the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry was consulted before the issuance of the notification.
Ibobi also asked the vice-chancellor to clarify if he had received orders to rejoin office as vice- chancellor on September 1, 2018, adding both the state and the central governments had made a “mockery of the issue”.
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“When the institute was made a central university during the UPA rule, the then prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi assured the state that every burden will be borne by the Centre,” Ibobi added.
Panday, who was sent on a month-long leave on August 2 after a section of students and teachers began protesting against him, issued a notice on Saturday to announce that he has resumed his charges.
The Manipur University re-opened on August 23 after 85 days of shutdown, following an agreement with the HRD ministry, which formed a fact-finding committee last month to look into their allegations.
“Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) were hereby being banned with immediate effect as the Manipur University Act 2005 does not have provisions for existence of employees’ bodies,” Pandey said in a statement.
On Sunday, the students, teachers and staff members, who had been demanding the VC’s removal for over three months now over alleged financial and administrative irregularities, threatened to intensify their protests if action was not taken against him.
In a related development, Assistant Registrar H Tonsin Marring wrote to Manipur DGP on Sunday, asking him to ensure that no untoward incident takes place at the institute or its vicinity in view of the fresh threats issued by the agitators.
(With PTI inputs)