Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey has said that he “fails to see any plausible reason” behind the agitation on the campus since May 30 to force him out.Sniffing a design by “those who stand to gain by my ouster”, he also said that leaders of students and teachers at the forefront of the stir have no qualms about putting the academic career of scores of students at stake.‘Open for discussions’“I am being accused of misusing funds, being whimsical, incompetent and being away most of the time. My doors have always been open for discussions, but no one wants to talk or point out where I have gone wrong,” Prof. Pandey told The Hindu from Manipur capital Imphal.“They [Manipur University Students’ Union] locked the administrative block and examination rooms while I was away on work related to the university. They did not state the reasons for the lockdown,” he said, claiming the student leaders forced some dean and teachers to sign resignation letters in order to intensify the stir against him.He refuted charges that he has been spending more time away than for running the university. “Yes, I have been to Delhi often, but for ironing out certain things left undone by my predecessors. These include efforts to get accreditation from the National Council for Teacher Education for Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd) course,’ he said.However, some tribal students’ organisation in Manipur said that Prof. Pandey was being hanged without a trial. “It is now crystal clear and evident that their (agitators) only desire is to remove him unconditionally, which means he’s been judged based upon his origin,” Michael Lamjathang Haokip of the Thadou Students’ Association, said.On Saturday, the Joint Tribal Student Bodies, Manipur, announced a counter-shutdown in the State’s hill districts to protest the goings-on in the university affecting the academic activities of the students.
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