NEHU teachers’ association accuses VC of trying to prolong stay

Shillong, Dec 9: Opposing the move to amend the statute of NEHU, the North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA), Meghalaya Tribal Teachers’ Association (MeTTA) and Meghalaya Confederation for Academic Welfare (MeCAW) today accused incumbent Vice-Chancellor of NEHU Prof. S.K. Srivastava of trying to prolong his stay.

MeTTA president, Lakhon Kma stated that the proposal to amend North-Eastern Hill University’s statute sub-clause 2A (2) of Statute-2 was a move on the part of Prof. S.K. Srivastava to delay the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.

“By doing so, he wants to prolong his stay in NEHU as he does not want to go back to Manipur which clearly shows that he is challenging the authority of the Visitor,” he said.

NEHU authorities on the other hand stated that the proposal was to restore the earlier status that was in force during the time of former Vice-Chancellors.

“Statutory powers vested on a regular Vice-Chancellor does not apply on a post holder, term expired Vice Chancellor who is permitted to continue to hold the office for a directed period conditionally such as Prof. Srivastava,” the MeTTA president said.   

The three associations have also appealed to all members of the academic council not to allow the incumbent Vice Chancellor to take up the proposed amendment since he no longer has any statutory powers to decide on policy matters as caretaker Vice-Chancellor.

“We have also written to the ministry concerned demanding the immediate cancellation of the academic council meeting failing which we will be compelled to seek the intervention of the President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Visitor of the University,” MeCAW chairman, Roykuman Synrem said.

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