IMPHAL, June 21 - Intensifying the ongoing agitation in support of the demand for replacement of the Vice Chancellor of the Manipur University, the Manipur University Students� Union (MUSU) today staged a protest demonstration by making a human chain in front of the main gate of the varsity.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the protest, MUSU president M Dayaman said the student body would continue various forms of democratic protest till the Vice Chancellor, Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, is replaced.
Alleging that Prof Pandey has failed to take any initiative for the development of the institution, leaving it in a paralysed state, the MUSU has clamped an indefinite shutdown in the university since May 31. The MUSU also condemned the Vice Chancellor for making a statement to the press only after the agitation at the university campus crossed a fortnight. Earlier, the State Governor and the Chief Minister had assured the MUSU that it would take up necessary steps to resolve the university crisis soon.
The Manipur University Teachers� Association (MUTA) has also demanded immediate restoration of normal academic activities at the university. It also condemned the alleged show of strength by a huge convoy of armed Manipur Police personnel on Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, a high-level committee of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has been formed to initiate a positive dialogue among the stakeholders of the university. The committee is headed by former Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam as the chairman, RK Anand Singh as the convener and Konthoujam Govindas, K Ranjit Singh, Ng Bijoy Singh, I Ibohalbi Singh, Kh Devabarta Singh and Hareshwar Goswami as members.
The stand-off at the university which started on May 31 has become a serious issue, threatening the careers of students, said committee convener RK Anand.
Expressing concern over the situation, the Federation of Government College Teachers� Association, Manipur has also appealed to the Union Human Resource Development Minister, the Chief Minister, the Education minister and others to resolve the crisis at the earliest.