Imphal: The ongoing impasse at the Manipur University finally seems to be heading for a peaceful solution after the six protesting students’ bodies decided to call off their agitation on Monday night. The move follows the state government’s decision to immediately release the arrested teachers and students of the university.
The crucial decision was taken after the Manipur government held discussion on the matter in Manipur University with representatives of six students’ bodies on Monday that was attended by chief minister N Biren Singh, among others.
Since Prof K Yugindro Singh, former pro vice-chancellor, Manipur University, has withdrawn his complaint on the basis of which an FIR was registered, the state government has decided to facilitate the release of the arrested teachers and students of the university. The state government will also provide all support to the two-member independent enquiry committee to oversee the allegations made against Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, former vice-chancellor of Manipur University, at the earliest.
For the smooth functioning of the university, the meeting also decided that the state government will request the ministry of HRD to fill up statutory vacant posts in the university.
Talking to EastMojo on Monday, the newly appointed administrator of Manipur University, Jarnail Singh had said that the problems faced by the university will be solved very soon. Prof Yugindro Singh had also said that Jarnail Singh has formulated a compromise formula to bring back normalcy to the university as soon as possible.
The state government has also agreed to urge the Central government to expedite the relocation of the existing paramilitary unit stationed inside Manipur University. On any possible unlawful activities, both the students and the state government resolved to cooperate and mutually restrain from any student violation or drastic police action in the educational institution as far as possible.
Representatives of six student bodies of the state — All Manipur Students’ Union, Manipur Students’ Federation, Kangleipak Students’ Association, Students’ Union Kangleipak, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Singlup — took part in the meeting.