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Students, teachers of Manipur University launch relay hunger

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Post graduate students and teachers of University today started a relay hunger strike at the gate of the varsity campus here demanding the removal of Prof Adya Pandey, as the impasse in the university entered its 40th day.

The hunger strike was started after a series of sit-in protests and rallies by the students and teachers. The hunger strike will continue till July 24, University Teachers' Association (MUTA) Prof M said.

Since May 30 the University Students' Union (MUSU) and MUTA are holding sit-in protests and rallies in the campus demanding the removal of the alleging that Pandey has failed to fill up key posts in the university, indulging in contract works, irregular in attending office and spending lavishly on tours outside the state at the expense of the university.

Pandey had earlier denied all these charges leveled against him.

Six Deans and five have already resigned during the course of the agitation, the MUTA said.

On the question of postponing of 6th semester examination of the MA students and delay in declaration of 3rd and 4th semester of college students, Prof said that the teaching community is very much concerned over the delay and appealed to the to intervene at the earliest to save the career of the students.

said that if the is removed, the teaching community along with the staff of the university will instantly take up the process to conduct the exam and declare the results of all pending examination.

Meanwhile, a press statement was released issued yesterday by the office of the Public Relations Officers (PRO) of Manipur University said all forms of agitation within the university campus be stopped as it infringes the code of conduct of the universitys ordinance and asked the protesters to "refrain from unlawful acts".

The release created 'controversy' as the university does not have PRO at the moment and the release was not signed by any individual.

MUTA remarked that the vice chancellor has "no authority to issue such regulatory statements to the press."

MUTA I Tomba Singh said issuing of press statement under the office of PRO when the University itself has no PRO amounts to "continuation of indulging in false fabrication" by Pandey to "mislead" the public.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:35 IST