IMPHAL, Sept 8: All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) has expressed deep concerned over the unchanging status of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Manipur Campus which was inaugurated by the UPA Chairman, Sonia Gandhi on September 9, 2009 during her maiden visit to the state.
According to a release of the union, the condition of IGNTU, Manipur is deteriorating with no hope or endeavour and the policies and plans of the state government for delaying the construction of the approach road and installation of transformer till today can never be justified.
The release further mentioned that the name “tribal” has been affixed to the said university has also become a faux. The university should be for the tribal and by the tribal alone. The tribal demanded for a separate university due to the step motherly treatment of the tribal in Manipur University. And if this IGNTU is also going to serve the discards of MU from the dominant community instead of the tribals than it is better they don’t have this IGNTU in Manipur.
It is also mentioned that, the tribal in the state are capable of running this university and they also have many students not getting admission due to the callousness of the VC and his aid here in Manipur. ATSUM never expect the VC who is a Brahmnin to work for the interest of the tribals and they have also learnt that the tribals of Amarkantak where the VC sits is against his policies in subjugating the local tribal.
It further mentioned that, the recently declared M.Phil result, recruitment of Asst. Prof. where the most qualified candidate even among the general candidates is not selected not selecting associate prof. on the ground that only one candidate applied for the post and delaying the appointment of Regional Director because the most qualified applicant happens to be a tribal, the admission policies where unreserved seats is increased manifold etc are few points to be noted, added the release.
The release also mentioned that, the union will not lie down silent but will be compelled to take up the issue if things are not settled down at the earliest. The union therefore, appealed to the tribal people to be vigilant and not fall into the trap of the sanister design of jealous people. Interested and affected individual should also not be in a hurry and float un-mandated body to fight this issue least they become divided and spoiled.
It is further mentioned that, it was of their disunity that the site of the university itself was chosen by others not to the tribal and put it right at their power centre and they become satisfied thinking that it is in their tribal area and let them not repeat the same mistake, added a release.