Tribal students threaten to boycott Manipur University

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Imphal, Feb 29: The tribal students of Manipur University(MU) have threatened of mass boycott tomorrow if University authorities failed to provide adequate reservation for tribals in the staff and the students.

The tribal students, under the aegis of the Manipur University Tribal Students' Union(MUTSU) are planning mass boycott. The Manipur University authorities have appealed to the students from ST communities not to withdraw from the University and help in upholding the academic atmosphere in the truest spirit.

The university had also taken up the issue with the Union Minister Arjun Singh and with the officials of Ministry of Human Resources Development. The university has been instructed by the Ministry to follow the Government of India's reservation norms strictly.

''The university is bound to follow the reservation norms of the Centre and the guidelines of the University Grants Commission, in force from time to time. The university has, therefore, provided for 15 per cent reservation for the SC and 7.5 per cent for ST communities,'' M Saratchandra, Public Relations Officer of Manipur University, said.

In order to fulfill its commitment to the SC/ST communities, the university has taken up a special recruitment drive for SC/ST. The university has recently advertised 13 vacant positions for teaching posts, of which eight are reserved for SC and five for ST.

Similarly, the university has recently advertised six posts of Group A officers, of which two are reserved for the ST and one for SC.

The MUTSU wants the reservation policy to be changed as per the population of the tribals in the state. The MU officials said since the University is a central University it has to follow UGC guidelines.


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