AMSU lifts shutdown on DM University
The shutdown imposed by All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on all academic and administrative activities of Dhanamanjuri University was lifted today.
The student body imposed the shutdown on June 23 on the ground that the university lacks basic infrastructure and required staff, besides, non-conformation to UGC guidelines and standards, thereby victimising the postgraduate students with the alleged inefficiencies.
Speaking to media during a press meet held today evening at AMSU office inside DM College campus, secretary general, AMSU, Bipinchandra Ahanthem intimated that the shutdown was lifted following assurances by education minister, Th Radheshyam to fulfill the charter of demands placed by AMSU.
A seven member delegate of AMSU headed by its president, Peter Laishram called on the education minister today around 4 pm and submitted a memorandum demanding swift actions towards regular appointment of vice-chancellor, registrar, deans, controller of examinations, teaching and non-teaching staff, etc. of the university under the guidelines of UGC.
Other demands placed by AMSU include issuing registration number and certificate to every student, enrolling DM University as a permanent member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), facilitating the formation of various university bodies like Academic Council, Syndicate Members, etc. and to establish a well-structured university infrastructure for promoting quality education, pointed out Bipinchandra.
During the meeting, the education minister assured that issuance of registration number and certificate will be initiated from tomorrow itself and efforts will be made to affiliate DM University as a permanent member of AIU within this week. The minister also ensured that the vacant posts of regular VC, registrar and other statutory posts will be filled up by December, 2019 with strict adherence to UGC norms, he conveyed while reiterating that the shutdown was lifted considering the assurances by the education minister.
He further warned that the student body is well prepared to resume and to launch various forms of agitations if the government failed to take up positive initiatives within the stipulated time.
Referring to the statement of chief minister, N Biren where he appealed not to impose immediate shutdown in educational institutions but to redress their grievances through dialogue, the AMSU secretary general contended that the shutdown they imposed was not immediate but fallout of the government’s failure to address the grievances of the student bodies, which have been intimating the government about the grievances of students from time to time.
Earlier this morning, the chief minister, while speaking on the sidelines of tree plantation function at Kangla, stated that such immediate shutdown on educational institutions will not be tolerated. Biren also appealed to the students to refrain from such activities and to reach amicable solution through dialogue.
Meanwhile, students of five colleges under the University also took out to the gate of DM College of Arts today afternoon demanding swift actions from the government side to solve the inconveniences faced by the students because of the lack of basic amenities in the university.
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