Monday, February 6, 2023

Cops foil students’ rally demanding resignation of education minister


Students of GM Women College, Imphal on Thursday joined the chorus demanding resignation of education minister Th Basantakumar.
Prominent student bodies like MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK, AIMS etc. have been demanding resignation of the “irresponsible” education minister over the failure to convert Dhanamanjuri University (DMU) into a full-fledged university.
The DM University was set up as a cluster university under The Dhanamanjuri University Act, 2017 which came into force on April 6, 2018 through a notification in Manipur Gazette published by the Department of Higher and Technical Education.
Failure to address their long pending demand, the student bodies -MSF, DESAM, KSA, SUK and AIMS – recently demanded resignation of state education minister Th Basantakumar and commissioner of higher and technical education Gyan Prakash.
The education minister and commissioner should resign on moral grounds, the students who staged a protest at DMU campus in Imphal on Wednesday had demanded.
“Resign irresponsible education minister” one of the placards carried by the protesters read. They also shouted various slogans against the education minister and commissioner of higher and technical education.
Other placards read as “Save careers of students,” “Appoint regular registrar, finance officer and controller of examination,” “Bifurcate DMU from Higher and Technical Education Department,” etc.
The police had to force the rally U-turn when they tried to storm the chief minister’s secretariat. Police officers who rushed to the spot engaged in a heated argument with the protesting students who insisted that the police allow them to proceed to the office of the education minister.
Talking to reporters, Rashewori Meihoubam, social and cultural secretary of GM Women College Students’ Union demanded that the education minister must resign on moral grounds.
“There is not a single teacher approved by the UGC in the university. Besides, pending the bifurcation of the university from the higher and technical education department, the university is yet to be recognized by the UGC,” she said.
The student bodies alleged that the university was yet to be qualified for the acquisition of 12 (B) status of UGC as per the provisions of UGC 1956 Regulation. As a result, the university could not acquire funds from the UGC for overall development support. Moreover, the JRF holders, NET qualified and non-NET PhD research scholars were denied their rightful access to scholarships and relevant stipends, the student bodies lamented.

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