IMPHAL, July 22 - Throwing its weight behind the beleaguered Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, AP Pandey, a tribal students� body has called for an indefinite hill bandh from tomorrow, coinciding with Manipur University Students� Union�s (MUSU) decision to disrupt the Assembly session for not discussing the impasse at the institute.
Ever since he assumed charge, Pandey worked with efficiency and maintained transparency, the Joint Bodies of Tribal Students, Manipur said in a statement yesterday.
The body, a conglomerate of tribal students� unions, said Pandey�s removal must be based on the findings of the probe by the committee appointed by the government, adding, �We are also against the prolonged closure of the university.�
The university remained closed for the 52nd day today.
The decision of the tribal students� association followed MUSU resolution on Friday to disrupt the last day of the ongoing Assembly session tomorrow as the House had not taken up the crisis in the university as well as the ruling BJP�s �failure� to take a stand on the issue in its agenda.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh, after consulting with Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on July 17, has re-constituted a fact-finding committee comprising a retired Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court and representatives of UGC and HRD Ministry to probe the allegations of financial irregularities and administrative negligence against Pandey.
The students� union, teachers� association and staff association of the Central university have rejected the move and demanded an independent inquiry into the matter. � PTI