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REJUVENATE THE M U

Once and for all, a thorough overhauling of the Manipur University is essential. In an age where knowledge has come to, be equated with power more than ever before, the state cannot have its knowledge bloodstream continually poisoned by the decay in what may be rightfully called the apex institution of all higher learnings in the state. The Manipur University Teachers' Association, MUTA, and before them the various associations and unions existing within the university's ambit, have been literally taking turns to paralyze the functioning of this priceless institution, which ought to be serving as the ever abundant fountain of elixir for the state's health and vitality. The MUTA has called for either the resignation, if not the removal of the MU Vice Chancellor, Prof. H Tombi Singh, on the charge that he has been responsible for the deterioration of the academic standard of the university. As. per our information, they have called for a probe to be instituted by the Chancellor of the MU, the Governor, Ved Marwah, into the alleged activities or the lack of it, of the Vice Chancellor, that are supposed to have ruined the university. The MUTA has also apparently furnished the Chancellor, a list of specific charges against the Vice Chancellor to be probed. Although we are certain we can fairly accurately guess the list, from the allegations that have been flying freely around in the university circles, we will not presume anything for the moment. We do hope however, that it contains not just scape-goating material but reflects some serious and honest self-introspection as well.

That the Manipur University is in shambles is there for anybody who cares to look, to see. It is with pain that lay observers like us who have always held the institution in extremely high esteem, hear of complaints that the university is losing its treasured autonomy and is now kowtowing the government line, we suppose even in matters of deciding academic curriculum. If true, this is a very serious situation indeed and it undoubtedly calls for a lot of explanation. If at all the Chancellor thinks the situation deserves a probe, the address must be to this state of overall atrophy and not limited to the charges of weakness or strength of Vice Chancellor alone. Although it is tree that for the success of any enterprise, a strong captain is vital, it must be underscored with equal emphasis that the captain alone does not make the team. As a matter of fact, as staunch believers in the concept of collective leadership and consequent upon it, collective responsibility, we hold that the captain, especially in such a mature and enlightened establishment as the university, is secondary to the team. Hence the Manipur University probe, if at all, must cover every employee of consequence in the university. The intent must be to cleanse the university thoroughly of academic lethargy, incompetence, insincerity and above all indiscipline, so that it can begin discharging its onerous duty of ceaselessly injecting fresh and invigorating blood, into the vital system of the state. As we see it, the probe should be also of a very high level and beyond influence of politics of any level, Intra University, as well as the state. After it, we do hope this culture of cease work strike disappears altogether from at least the Manipur University.

Courtesy: The Imphal Free Press

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