Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): More than a week after the lone central university in Mizoram- Mizoram University (MZU) remained closed due to an indefinite strike launched by the varsity students to protest against delay in the appointment of regular Vice Chancellor (VC), normal classes and all non-academic activities are set to resume from 18 September (Monday) as the Mizoram University Students’ Council (MZUSC) decided to call off its agitation after this coming Friday.
This was decided at the joint meeting of Mizoram University Students’ Council (MZUSC), Mizoram University Teachers’ Association (MIZUTA) and Mizoram University Non-Teaching Staff Association (MUNTSA), a statement issued by MZUSC said on Wednesday.
The joint meeting of MZUSC, MIZUTA and MUNTSA was convened on Wednesday to deliberate over initiatives taken as regard appointment of regular VC. The meeting observed that the lone Lok Sabha member from Mizoram CL Ruala had met Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar at New Delhi on 11 September from whom it was learnt that the VC appointment file has reached the office of the president of India and the same is expected to return to the ministry within 15 days.
“However, since there was no written assurance from the ministry, an agitation would be launched in the form of wearing black badge for 15 days from the date of the meeting between CL Ruala and the HRD minister,” the statement said.
As decided earlier in the meeting of MZUSC, the joint meeting agreed to continue the ongoing agitation till September 15 (Friday) but decided to resume all academic and non-academic functions from Monday (18 September). It also instructed all students, teachers and non-teaching staff to wear black badge during 18 to 29 September in protest against the delay in the appointment of regular VC.
The joint meeting further said that future course of action would be decided again in the joint meeting of the three associations if the MHRD do not give positive response till 29 September.
As reported earlier, students of Mizoram University has been launching an agitation under the aegis of MZUSC since September 6 demanding immediate appointment of regular VC.
All academic and non-academic activities became a standstill as the agitating students shut down the university by boycotting all classes and prevent teaching and non-teaching staff from attending their respective offices. The University has been without regular VC since May last year.
The students alleged that the centre failed to appoint regular VC despite repeated appeals made by the students and teachers.
They also burnt the effigy of Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar during protest at the varsity campus on 8 September.