Manipur University VC M. Dhaneshwar, tendered his resignation on Tuesday, after a recreation hall and four other facilities on the campus were torched by unidentified persons. Agitations by students turned violent at Manipur University which led to arson at the varsity premises. As of now all classes have been suspended indefinitely.
Reason for the Protests
It all started with the delay in admissions to the first-year postgraduate courses due to indecision of the university. Tension has been prevailing in the university for sometime over the issue of reservation for postgraduate seats. The first-year PG classes are yet to begin. Students from the Scheduled Castes (SCs) want more seats and those from the Scheduled Tribes (STs) do not want their quota slashed. This led to the agitation by the students, triggering violence at the campus early this week.
Earlier the MU Academic Council in a bid to resolve the crisis, held a meeting in the university premises. However they could not arrive at a feasible solution. Not only that, all their efforts in restoring order in the proceedings vanished into thin air. At around 11 pm on Tuesday, 22 unidentified miscreants set ablaze to the recreation hall, a computer shop and a restaurant. Professors living quarters weren’t spared either as several rooms of professors also went up in flames.
Though the police arrested all the 22 students, the president of the Manipur University Students’ Union, Chingshubam Manglemton, said they were not the “real culprits”. And now to make matters worse, the MUSU has threatened another agitation if the students were not released.
Vice-Chancellor Tenders Resignation
Unable to cope with the agitators and to restore order the Vice-Chancellor In-Charge M Dhaneshwar announced the closure of classes and subsequently, tendered his resignation on Tuesday. It is to be noted that Dhaneshwar was scheduled to visit the UGC in Delhi on Wednesday, but instead cancelled his visit and announced his resignation. The university has been without a full-time VC since August 16 when the then head, H.N.K. Sharma, retired. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed near the university on Wednesday fearing fresh trouble.