The student bodies drew the attention of the chief minister and the education minister on the matter. A representation to recheck the profile and other supporting documents of T Bhaveswar’s appointment would be submitted to the governor soon, they said
Raising doubts about the credentials of the new vice chancellor of Manipur Technical University (MTU), student bodies of the state questioned how an individual who was not allowed to hold the position of principal-in-charge of a government polytecnic could be appointed as a vice chancellor of a university.
Governor of Manipur La Ganesan, who is also the chancellor of MTU, appointed T Bhaveswar as the new VC of the varsity on November 8, 2021. However, the High Court of Manipur has set aside his appointment as principal-in-charge of Government Polytechnic, Takyel as he didn’t have have the required qualifications as per AICTE in 2016, stated a joint release by AIMS, AMSU, DESAM, KSA, MSF, and SUK.
The student bodies said that they would have appreciated the new appointment if an individual who had the essential qualification as per UGC had been appointed as VC. As per section 7.3 of UGC Regulation, a VC should have at least 10 years experience of being a professor in a university or an academic leader in a reputed research or academic administrative organisation.
The new VC was a professor of the Government Polytechnic, Takyel and served as deputy director of the Controller of Technical Education Office, Govt. of Manipur, on deputation, it added.
While the people of the state, particularly the youths had high hopes when MTU was established in 2016, the appointment of questionable VC and absence of regular registrar have raised some serious doubts, it added.
The student bodies also drew the attention of the chief minister and the education minister on the matter. A representation to recheck the profile and other supporting documents of T Bhaveswar’s appointment would be submitted to the governor soon, it added.