Exactly after one year, MU community still awaits justice
It was on May 30 last year that students of Manipur University started holding protests in demand for immediate removal of the controversial vice chancellor, prof. A.P. Pandey.
The MU community raised as much as 15 allegations against Pandey for being incompetent including staying away from the University for long periods, violation of the University Act, not holding mandatory executive council meetings and non appointment of statutory posts among others.
The movement which was spearheaded by Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU), was later joined in by Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and Manipur University Staffs Association (MUSA).
Yesterday, the two member enquiry committee that probed into the allegations against Pandey handed over the report to the University community. The enquiry committee chaired by retired acting Chief Justice, High Court of Meghalaya, T Nandakumar and former VC of Tezpur University prof, MK Choudhary as member have been probing into the allegations since September 6 last year.
The final report was compiled in two volumes. The first volume which consists of 271 pages includes all the allegations and findings of the enquiry. The second volume which is divided into two parts incorporated all the supporting documents of the findings. The first part of the second volume is from page 1 to 357 and the second part is from page 358 to 593.
Whereas the MU community feels that their pains did not go in vain as the enquiry report established maximum of the allegations against Pandey, they still feel that justice has not been delivered yet.
Speaking to IFP, MUSU president, Keisham Lebanan, said that justice will be served only when subsequent actions have been taken up against Pandey based on the enquiry report.
“As the government is in its transition period, we would like to appeal to the new Human Resources Development minister to take up befitting action against Pandey for his misconducts as proven by the enquiry report”, said MUSU president while adding that the university wants a VC who would work in the best interest of the students and teachers and other staff.
On the other hand, former MUSU general secretary, Laishram Kennedy, during whose tenure the ‘Go Back Pandey’ movement started, expressed that a VC or official like A.P. Pandey does not deserve to work at any institution.
Pointing out the possibility of the controversial VC becoming the Governor of a state, Kennedy said that people will suffer if he becomes the Governor just as MU students, teachers and staff suffered when he was the VC.
“Justice is not yet delivered, if subsequent actions are not taken up against Pandey. We are hoping that the HRD ministry will take up appropriate action against Pandey considering the outcome of the enquiry,” he asserted.
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