Manipur CM N Biren Singh with the newly appointed administrator of Manipur University, Jarnail Singh

Imphal: In a significant development, the Manipur High Court on Thursday suspended pro vice-chancellor of Manipur University Prof K Yugindro and appointed Jarnail Singh, former chief secretary of the state, as an administrator to discharge the function of the vice-chancellor of the university.

“We have given our anxious thought and consideration over the matter and volatile and often violent situation continuing in Manipur University and considering the best interest of the students and very disturbing situation prevailing, we have reluctantly opted to intervene in the matter by issuing the following directions,” the division bench of the high court said in the order.

Directing that the appointment orders of Shyamo Singh, registrar in-charge, and W Vishwanath Singh, vice-chancellor in-charge be suspended, the order also urged the visitor of the varsity and union respondents to ensure that the suspension order of incumbent vice-chancellor of MU Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, is continued and not revoked during the continuation of the office of the court-appointed administrator.

The former chief secretary of Manipur, Jarnail Singh, is fully empowered to discharge the functions of the vice-chancellor as provided under the Manipur University Act, 2005 and his primary duty and responsibility is to bring normalcy in Manipur University, the court order said.

Singh, who had also served as joint secretary to the office of the Prime Minister, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007. He had also been the chief secretary of Manipur from 2004 to 2008.

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