Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 08 2008: Taking serious note of the upgraded Manipur University hardly making any visible progress academically and slamming MU authorities for concentrating only on physical infrastructural development, All manipur Students Union (AMSU) and Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) submitted a memorandum highlighting ills afflicting the varsity.

Moreover, the joint representation also proposed several measures to transform the University into a reputed institution of higher learning and serve the purpose of the same being upgraded to a Central University some three years back.

mincing no words, the student bodies contended that inefficiency of the present Pro Vice Chancellor had been the chief and important factor for the varsity unable to make any positive progress even as infrastructural development activities remain incomplete for 'reasons' best known' to those at the helm of affairs.

Further proclaiming that AMSU-DESAM would be closely monitoring activities of the University in all its aspects, the MU authorities have also been accused of non-transparency with regard to infrastructural development in addition to being charged of taking up un-planned construction activities thereby leading to strong apprehension that construction kick-backs is the intended objective rather than preserving sanctity of such a place of higher learning.

Drawbacks of the University as pointed out in the joint representation included non-issuance or non-implementation of new statutes, ordinance and regulations in consonance with various sections of MU Act 2005; absence of initiative to introduce new courses/centres/disciplines as had been recommended/approved; vacant posts of teaching faculties and administration laying unfulfilled; inability to maintain academic calendar, etc.

The student bodies' recommendation/proposal for improving the University's academic atmosphere included issuance of relevant statutes, ordinances and regulations act stipulated by MU Act and the first statutes within six months; setting up of a permanent planning and monitoring panel to oversee physical infrastructural development; immediately ceasing all unplanned construction works; constitution of student's Council Statutory and according recognition of MUSU and other existing association in the University within six months; re-organisation of the structure of schools of studies through introduction of new schools/centres of studies in phased manner as per Resolution No 5 of the 48th meeting of Academic Council, introduction of atleast two new courses of study within the current academic session; completion of recruitment process of those posts already advertised; thorough examination of the style of functioning of the examination section of the University; signing of MoU between the University and State Government to pave the way for mandatory involvement of college teachers in under-graduate examinations; trouble free-internet facility; encourage sponsored research schemes etc.