IMPHAL, Aug 22 - The Manipur University community has announced temporary suspension of its ongoing shutdown, which has paralysed the university and the colleges affiliated to it for the last 85 days, after the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) approved of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed among the community, the HRD and the State Government.
The Union HRD Ministry�s approval has been corroborated by Vice Chancellor in-charge Prof W Vishwanath who recently visited the office of the HRD Ministry.
M Dayaman, president of the Manipur University Students� Union (MUSU), announced the decision of the Manipur University community at a press conference held at the university campus at Canchipur, 7 km south of Imphal, this afternoon.
The MoA was signed on August 16 at the end of a three-day meeting which was attended by representatives of the MUSU, Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA) and Manipur University Teachers� Association (MUTA) on the one hand and GC Hosur, Joint Secretary, HRD, on the other, in the presence of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
As per the MoA, the three-member fact-finding committee will be reconstituted as an independent two-member enquiry committee led by former acting Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, T Nandakumar Singh. It was also agreed that Vice Chancellor AP Pandey would be on leave during the period of enquiry.
It may be recalled that the MUSU launched an indefinite shutdown at the Manipur University on May 30, demanding the ouster of Vice Chancellor Pandey, accusing him of financial and administrative irregularities.