The Manipur University has been on a boil for quite a sometime now after allegations of financial and administrative irregularities were labeled against the VC AP Pandey. In the latest turn of events, the Manipur Varsity Vice-Chancellor (in-charge) Professor W Vishwanath has written a letter to the Centre that the agitating bodies have refused to cooperate with the Fact-Finding Committee to probe the charges against Pandey.
In a letter to the HRD Ministry, Vishwanath has said that the agitating bodies have sought for an Independent High Power Committee under the Commission of Enquiry Act 1952 against Pandey, who is currently on a month-long leave. Despite assuming office as in-charge of the post of the vice-chancellor of the central university, he has been unable to perform his official duties, Vishwanath said in the letter which was made available to the media.
As many as 93 colleges have been affiliated to the university and publication of the examination results of final year college students is pending making the possibility of losing an academic year, he said seeking a response in two days. Academic activities in the university have been paralysed since May 30 when the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) has demanded the removal of Pandey on alleged financial irregularities and administrative negligence.
On the other hand, the Manipur University Teachers Association, the Manipur University Staffs Association, and MUSU have released a press release in which they have stated that investigation against Pandey should be initiated before August 14 in the interest of the public.