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Tribal students threaten to intensify agitation

IMPHAL: There is no sign of end to the reservation deadlock in Manipur University even as the authority of the centrally run varsity announced commencing the delayed session from October 31 next.

Denouncing the initiative of the new vice-chancellor to start admission process without addressing their demands, tribal based student bodies led by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) Sunday threatened to intensify their ongoing stir.

Addressing a news conference here, ATSUM president Josheph R Hmar said that tribal students were against such a decision of the new VC who had assumed his office only two days back.

“He failed to understand the sentiments and demands of the tribal students,” the president alleged while announcing to continue their protest demanding adoption of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Act 2012. Hmar further alleged that the new professor lacks “academic qualification” and inefficiency in administration.

He further warned tribal students of seeking admission in the varsity until their demands are fulfilled by the MU authority.

Representatives of various tribal based student bodies like Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) headquarters and Manipur University Tribal Students’ Union (MUTSU) took part in the news conference.

They unanimously demanded resignation of the new VC immediately. They also threatened to intensify their agitation if the MU authority goes ahead without revoking academic council’s August 8 decision.

Source: Nagaland Post

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