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Manipur varsity stir resumes

 IMPHAL, Aug 19 - The Manipur University Community has been “compelled” to cancel its temporary suspension of agitation, after a fresh order by the HRD Ministry “failed to uphold the commitment” on which stakeholders had reached a mutual agreement.

Manipur University Teachers’ Association spokesperson N Debananda told reporters yesterday that it has been forced to resume the over 76-day long agitation, as the new order by the Ministry does not mention critical points agreed upon.

He said it does away with the “most important point” discussed in the August 16 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that “during the period of inquiry and until follow-up action on the inquiry report by the competent authority, preferably within 15 days, (VC) Prof AP Pandey will be on leave.”

The fresh directive, however, does mention that Pandey will have to appear before the fact-finding committee when necessary. “We are shocked, disappointed and felt insulted after seeing the HRD Ministry order,” Debananda said. – PTI

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