By Waikhom Chitradhani
Imphal( Manipur), May 22 :A Group of Manipur based Students’ Organizations submitted a memorandum to the President Ramnath Kovind and union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to expedite the process of appointing a regular Vice Chancellor of Manipur University.
Six Students’ Organization of Manipur namely Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA), Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) and Students’ Union of Kangleipak (SUK) submitted the memorandum to the Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday.
The memorandum concerns circumstances which need immediate attention for necessary action for Manipur University.
Manipur University was established in 1980 by an Act of State Legislature and was converted into a Central University by a Parliamentary Act on 13th October 2005.
The incumbent Vice Chancellor was dismissed by the visitor of the University in February 2020 and the post was advertised for regular appointment in March 2020, the memorandum stated.
Since November 2018, the University had been under the control of a court appointed Administrator till 30th November 2020 when the High court of Manipur discharged him from the responsibility. From 10th December onwards, the University has been under the control of 2 Vice Chancellor in charge, the present one succeeding the earlier on 1st February 2021 after his superannuation, it added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Government of India had conducted an Interaction programme of the shortlisted candidates for appointment of a Regular Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University on 19th and 20th August,2020. It is learnt that the committee had submitted a panel of candidates to the Ministry of Education.
However for reasons not known the appointment has not been finalized till date and it has created a lot of academic and administrative problems for the university thereby adversely impacting the teaching- learning process of the University, it stated.
It is also mentioned that Appointment of regular teaching and non teaching staff, procurement of laboratory equipments and library books which are crucial for conducting online/offline classes of the students and even providing minimum facilities in the hostels and classrooms of the various departments of the University are being hampered due to the absence of a regular Vice Chancellor since June 2018.
The University has not been holding its Court Meeting and Convocation since 2015, the memorandum added.