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IGNTU students decry apathy
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 01 2011: Aggrieved over lack of necessary infrastructure, failure of complying with academic calendar and alleged irregularities in appointment of teachers, students of India Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur have undertaken a black badge protest from today.

Talking to mediapersons in this connection at the temporary campus of the University located within Adim Jati complex, Chingmeirong, general secretary of the students' union of the University Lun Haokip pointed out that the second semester examination of MA (Political Science) M Phil and MSW is yet to be conducted although the examinations were earlier scheduled to be conducted on June 25 .

The student leader informed that a representation has already been submitted to the Vice Chancellor of the University pressing the demand for conducting the pending examinations within September 31 so that the classes for third semester could be started and declaration of the results of first batch MPhil at the earliest.

However, there has been no positive response so far.

In addition to this, necessary infrastructure have not been developed in the University at all.

There is not even a copier for the students, he lamented, adding that the assurance given by Vice Chancellor C Dee to provide Rs 15,000 to each of the students pursuing MSW towards meeting their expenses for field work and one laptop to each research scholar has not been implemented.

It may be noted here that the MSW course has been opened in the University for the first time in Manipur.Lun Haokip further pointed out that the existing OSD in the University has not yet been included in the Selection Board (for recruitment of teachers) as well as in the Executive Council.

The officer has been given the discretionary power of sanctioning fund upto Rs 15,000 only.

All these inherent defects in the existing system has even affected in the recruitment process of the teachers.

The foundation day of the University falls on September 9 .

But the students have decided not to participate in the celebration until all their demands are met.

Joint secretary of the Students' Union Henry Golmei informed that after the ongoing black badge protest, they would resort to sit-in-protest and rally, and if necessary they would even call general strike to press their demands.

The Regional Campus of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University has been set up after ATSUM and MUTSU exerted pressure on the State Government following discrepancies over the reserved seats for tribals in Manipur University after its conversion into a Central University, Golmei recalled.


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