HRD ministry expels Manipur University VC due to unrest in campus

Manipur University VC

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has expelled Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey. The expulsion comes following disturbances at the Imphal campus. As directed by the ministry, Pandey was earlier sent on one-month leave because of his alleged administrative negligence.

The public order issued in this regard states that the atmosphere at the University has deteriorated after the VC resumed duties on September 1.   As per a public notice issued on September 17, the President, in his capacity as the University’s visitor, has suspended Pandey until the enquiry is completed.

Ongoing unrest to be temporarily suspended

“The ongoing agitation shall be temporarily suspended after the issuance of official orders, as per mutually understanding, in the interest of the public in general and the students in particular,” an MoU signed between the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry and state government read.

The MoU was issued after representatives of Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), Manipur University Staffs’ Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) had a meeting with G C Hosur, joint secretary, HRD ministry in presence of Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh along with top officials and cabinet members.

Students, teachers blaming the VC

The students and teachers of the Manipur University have blamed Pandey for not making appointments to key posts. For now, the academic activities have been adjourned.

The protests had been paralyzing the varsity activities for more than two months now. Now, an independent committee set up by the HRD ministry will probe the charges against vice-chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey.

The ministry order mentioned that the University was facing unrest. “And whereas, with a view to resolve the impasse created by the agitating students and teachers association, an enquiry committee.. was constituted… the agitation in the university temporarily ended on 22.08.2018 after a period of 85 days and the Manipur university started functioning from 23.09.2018 with professor Pandey proceeding on leave,” the official order states.

Congress and the communists behind the protest

Prof Pandey however claimed that he has been victimized by certain elements at the campus.

“A section of teachers, students and contractors were against me… (and) had unleashed a reign of terror. The Congress and the communists helped them.” Pandey has been quoted speaking to a national daily in his defence.