The Manipur University reopened today after agitating groups of the varsity agreed to suspend their 85-day long strike on Wednesday. The agitators - who were demanding the resignation of Vice Chancellor AP Pandey- decided to call off their strike after HRD Ministry approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the ministry and state government with the agitating bodies of Manipur University. Although the classes have resumed, the demand for the removal of the Vice Chancellor is still going on.
M. Dayamon, president of Manipur University Students Union (MUSU), has already made it clear that the strike has been suspended temporarily. The Manipur University Teachers Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staff Union (MUSA) also agreed to resume work in the university but said that they will continue to demand VC’s resignation. The agitating group said that they have decided to suspend the agitation for the interests of the students and their careers.
They are demanding the removal of Vice Chancellor Pandey for his alleged financial and administrative irregularities. After a series of discussions, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the state government and the varsity community. Pandey has denied all charges but the Human Resources and Development Ministry has set up a fact-finding committee headed by T Nandakumar, a retired acting chief justice of Meghalaya High Court.
The government had also agreed to replace two members - who are joint secretaries at the Centre - of the committee as they were not acceptable by the agitating group. The fact-finding committee has been asked to submit its report within 15 days and the Vice Chancellor has been asked to be on leave during this period.